An unmarried couple was attacked and the woman sexually assaulted by unknown miscreants at Seethanagaram Pushkar Ghat in Guntur district. According to Tadepalli police, a couple, who are about to get married, was sitting on the sand dunes of Krishna river at Seethanagaram late on Saturday night when the incident took place.

The woman works as a nurse at a private hospital in Vijayawada and man is a private employee. Police said the couple was threatened by some unknown persons. Later, they attacked the couple. They tied their hands with ropes. They beat up the man severely. Later, they sexually assaulted the woman and escaped from the area in a boat anchored on the river bank.

The incident came to light after the mother of the woman lodged a complaint with the police on Sunday. The police shifted the victims to Guntur government hospital for treatment. Police suspect that members of the notorious “blade batch” were behind the assault.

Guntur Urban SP Arif Hafeez said they were investigating the incident of attack on lovers in Sitanagar under Tadepalli of Guntur. Last night, two men attacked a couple sitting in Pushkara Ghat. The thugs who tied the young man with ropes, committed sexual assault on the young woman. The SP said special police teams have been set up to probe the incident. He said the accused would be caught soon.

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Women’s chairperson Vasireddy Padma responded to the incident and spoke to the police. “There is no place for antisocial elements in society. I seriously condemn the attack on the nurse. The family members suspect that blade batch members were involved. Police should take strict action against the culprits to prevent such incidents. I request DGP Gautam Sawang to increase security at Pushkar Ghats and other public places,” Padma told.

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