Tuesday, December 7, 2010

BPO rape case: Police arrests fifth accused


New Delhi: In another breakthrough in the Dhaula Kuan gang rape, the Delhi Police arrested the fifth accused late on Monday evening. The accused named Kamru alias Mobile was nabbed in Gurgaon.

Earlier on Monday, a Delhi court, sent two of the Dhaula Kuan gangrape accused to Tihar Jail for their identification by the victim, while remanding two others in five days of police custody for interrogation.

Metropolitan Magistrate Pawan Singh Rajawat sent Shahid alias 'Chhota Billi' and Usman to Tihar jail under judicial custody for two days after police produced them before the court following their arrest on Sunday.

The two were remanded in judicial custody as police told the court that they have to be put to Test Identification Parade (TIP) by the victim. To rule out the chances of any allegation that they were shown to the victim by the police prior to their identification by the victim, they need to be kept in judicial custody, police said. The duo are to be produced before the magistrate again on December 8 after their TIP on Tuesday. The two others, Shamshad and Usman who were produced before the court after their identification by the victim on Saturday, were remanded in police custody to enable sleuths interrogate them and gather various evidence of their involvement in the crime. The two had been first produced before the court on December 3, when they were sent to Tihar for their TIP.

The rape took place on November 24 when a Mizo woman working in a BPO was abducted from her way back home and gangraped by five miscreants in a moving vehicle. She was walking towards her residence in Moti village near Dhaula Kuan in South Delhi along with one of her colleagues when the accused pounced upon her, put her in their vehicle and sped it off with her. They allegedly took turns to rape her in the moving vehicle and later dumped her near Mongolpuri in West Delhi. During the arguments, Delhi Police, seeking seven days custodial interrogation of the two accused - Shamshad and Usman - submitted that they need to arrest the fifth accused Kangru.

The police also submitted that they need to recover the country made pistol, allegedly used by the accused to threaten the girl and the clothes worn by all the accused during the commission of the offence. Defence counsel, however, opposed the prosecution's plea saying that the police does not have to recover anything now and they are simply taking custody of his clients for harassing them. The defence counsel also alleged that police had resorted to unfair ways for getting his client identified by the victim during TIP. Acceding to the arguments of the prosecution, the court, however, remanded Shamshad and Usman in five days police custody till December 11.