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India: Man held in rape of Irish woman

05 June 2013, 11:00

Kolkata — Police have arrested a man accused of raping an Irish woman who volunteered at a children's charity in the Indian city of Kolkata.

A police official in the eastern city said the local businessman who was arrested will be produced in court later on Wednesday.

The official could not be named because he wasn't authorised to speak to reporters.

He said the man met the woman at a party she hosted to celebrate her 21st birthday late on Friday. The official said the woman went to the man's house where she drank a cup of tea, passed out and was raped.

Few other details were immediately available.

Meanwhile, Indian police investigating the gang-rape of a US tourist by a group of truckers said on Wednesday they had identified the type of vehicle used in the attack and collected forensic evidence, reported AFP.

The 30-year-old American hitched a lift in the truck ON Monday night in Manali, a tourist destination in the foothills of the Himalayas, after struggling to find a taxi to return to her hotel.

The driver and two accomplices then abducted her and took her to a secluded spot where they raped her for over an hour, she told police.

"She is recovering fast and helping us move forward with the investigation. She has given us details of how the men looked, what they were wearing, which will help us," senior police officer VK Dhawan told AFP by phone.

- AP

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