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At least five women working for an NGO have been abducted and gang-raped at gunpoint in eastern India’s Jharkhand state, police have said.

“An FIR (First Information Report) and a statement in court have been lodged. We are trying to identify the criminals. Our probe is ongoing,” Ashwini Kumar Sinha, Superintendent of Police in Khunti, told Al Jazeera.

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“A team of street play artists had gone to perform in a school in Kochan, the remotest area of Khunti when some men came and threatened them. Nine men and women were abducted. Five women were raped while the men were beaten,” he said.

The women were performing a play against human trafficking in the Khunti district on Tuesday when armed men abducted the women at gunpoint, it was reported on Friday.

Attackers filmed the assault and used the video to threaten the women not to go to the police.

The women were working for Asha Kiran, an NGO supported by Christian missionaries, police officer Rajesh Prasad told AFP news agency.

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