Six people have been arrested for attacking and looting a Spanish couple and their friends in a tourist spot near Ajmer in Rajasthan on Tuesday.
Five of the whom were arrested and a minor accused was detained.
Two men, each from the US and the UK, and two women, each from Spain and Turkey, had gone to Ajaypal Dham from Pushkar on two motorcycles on Tuesday when six miscreants, including a minor, attacked them, Ajmer Superintendent of Police (SP) Nitin Deep Blaggan said today.
The police started the investigation after the ministry of external affairs stepped in and asked for a report on the matter. According to the ministry, foreign minister Sushma Swaraj spoke to Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje, who said strict action will be taken against the culprits.
The accused were traced and five of them were arrested today while the minor was detained, he said. The belongings of the foreigners, which included two mobile phones, credit cards, a bag, were recovered from the possession of the accused, Blaggan said.
The accused — Shahrukh, Narendra, Vikas, Karan alias Babu and Karan alias Kallu and one minor — were drunk and attacked
the tourists with an intention to rob them.
“Initially they followed and tried to tease them. When one the tourists objected, the accused hit him with a stone. They dragged one of the women and tore her clothes. The tourists managed to escape from the place and informed people who were known to them,” the SP said.
They were rushed to a local hospital where the injured tourist was given treatment. He is under observation at a private hospital on Pushkar road, Blaggan said.
The assailants were arrested under IPC sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly guilty of offence), 307 (attempt to murder) 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 395 (dacoity).