Police managed to trace the digital trail left by the nine accused while paying money to another accused through a digital payment app. In a sensational development, Andhra Pradesh’s Prakasam district police have arrested nine men, four months after they allegedly raped a minor girl from Nellore district and forced her into commercial sexual exploitation. Police arrested Syed Salman (24) from Kondapi, Katragadda Siva Kumar (24), Unnam Naveen (31) from Chowtlapalem, Burramsetty Ravi Teja (24) from Singarayikonda and Gondi Vamsi Krishna (24) from Kondamurusupalem. Others arrested included Kasireddy Brahma Reddy (25) from Chintalapalem, Dhanyasi Deva Prakash (24) from Ulavapadu, Ravuri Aravind (25) from Ponnaluru and Komatla Yedukondalu (30) from Kothapatnam.
The case dates back to July 18, when police acted on a tipoff to raid a house in Madevapuram village of Kandukur mandal to find a minor girl in a pathetic condition after allegedly being raped by multiple men. One Nadendla Madhavi, who lives in Vijayawada, forged a deal with the sister-in-law of the minor girl to force her into commercial sexual exploitation for five days at a cost of Rs 27,000, police said.All the nine men have been arrested under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. Police were making arrangements to produce them at a magistrate’s home.