The confidence that they would never be caught did them in eventually. The five accused in the Dhaula Kuan gangrape were confident that they would not be caught; they had everything figured out.
They were so sure of their 'preparation' that they didn't think twice before giving the rape victim a bundle of Rs 10 notes for her commute back home.
This bundle of wrapped notes turned out to be the first nail in their coffin that helped 300-odd policemen of the Delhi Police apprehend two of the five alleged serial rapists of the 30-year-old woman.
Police said the accused men had allegedly come from Mewat with an intention to steal cattle but ended up raping a hapless woman.
The 'money trail'
According to the Delhi Police, the accused gave the woman fifteen Rs 10 notes wrapped in a bundle.
"The victim told the police that the men gave her some money and told her to use it to travel back home," said HGS Dhaliwal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South).
The police said the notes were vertically folded with a rubber band.
"People in specific professions wrap the currency in such a way. Vegetable vendors, drivers of tempos who pay money at toll booths and even Mewati criminals," added Dhaliwal.
That is how the police started concentrating on criminals from Mewat.
Nine Mewati gangs in city on November 24:
The police concentrated their efforts on tracking different Mewat-based criminals operating in the city.
Through technical surveillance and studying of mobile phone dump data, they found that on the night of the incident as many as nine different gangs were in the city. It was with the help of this data that the police were able to narrow down their search.
Local intelligence and victim's statement:
The victim had told the police that a Hindi word written in English starting with 'M', with five to seven letters of the English alphabet, was painted on the back of the Mahindra pick-up truck's inside.
She told the police that the truck also had flowers painted on it.
Through local intelligence, the police found out that the truck belonged to one of the accused, Iqbal alias Bada Billi, who recently bought it for Rs 1.4 lakh.
A professor of forensic sciences with expertise in decoding CCTV footage from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) helped the police in making sense of the CCTV footage of the accused.
Experts from Indian Road Traffic Education also help the police ascertain the type of vehicle the accused were driving.
Kale went to buy booze:
The police started their arrests with Usman.
"We knew that he was going to buy alcohol from a local liquor shop. He came on his motorcycle and we started following him. We asked him to stop but when he did not, we hit his motorcycle with our car and then nabbed him. He led us to Shamshad," said a senior police officer.
The police said that all the accused are married and have children.
In her statement to the police, the rape victim had said the accused used the word 'bastard' while raping her.
"We later found that they said badi, which in their regional dialect means friend. They were calling each other badi instead of using any names," added the officer.