Police arrested six men accused of gang raping a woman in northern India, a police spokesman told Efe on Sunday.

The six - along with a seventh individual - are suspects in the multiple rape of the woman who was riding on a bus at the time. One of the suspects is the bus driver.

The latest arrest was made on Saturday night, although the first five men had been arrested just hours after the incident.

The rape occurred on Friday night, when the victim was taking the night bus home from her parents' house in the northern region of Punjab.

Investigators are also close to apprehending the seventh man, Gurdaspur district police spokesman Janjit Singh said.

The bus driver and another employee of the transport company refused to make the scheduled stop and drove the bus to an isolated location, where they joined five other men in raping the woman, media reports said, citing the victim's testimony.

After the rape, the accused left the woman near her home in the town of Ghukla.

This case comes when public opinion in the Asian giant is running high over the case of a young female student who died two weeks ago after being raped by six men when she was traveling on a bus in New Delhi.

That attack and the subsequent death of the victim unleashed a wave of street protests in the Indian capital that led to clashes between protesters and security forces. EFE