Two days after a Delhi University student was arrested for running a gang of thieves, the girl’s mother on Sunday accused the police of falsely implicating her daughter.
“My daughter had lodged a rape case against a councillor’s son who is presently out on bail. The police are
trying to falsely implicate my daughter in the theft case and trying to pressurise us,” Bimla Bhatt said.
The mother also claimed that Mansi Bhatt is still a minor and has completed her Class XII from a government school in Vinod Nagar recently,” Bhatt said, showing her daughter’s school certificates.
Bhatt said that her daughter is not a student of Delhi University and had just filled up the forms for a correspondence course. “She has not submitted her fees and not a student of Delhi University,” she added.
The Ghaziabad Police, however, said the accused is in her 20s and not a minor.
Meanwhile, the police ruled out any “major involvement” of the girl.
Ghaziabad Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Raghubir Lal on Sunday ruled out her involvement as a gang leader. “We have never reflected her role as a mastermind or a gang leader. She is just one of the accused. She, along with others, was arrested with the valuables and we have booked her as per her statements,” Lal said.
Lal added that Vikram Singh, Mukesh Singh and Shailender Kumar, three of the seven accused, were the masterminds behind the thefts in Ghaziabad, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, and Mumbai.
Bhatt also claimed that her daughter “was just a friend of Vikram Singh, who had called her to Mumbai, from where they were apprehended”.
Talking to Hindustan Times outside the Ghaziabad Court on Saturday, the accused also denied her involvement.
“I was called by Vikram Singh to Mumbai and had gone to meet him. There we were nabbed by a police team,”she said.
The girl, along with the other accused, is presently lodged at the Dasna Jail in Ghaziabad.
The accused, along with six others, was held with valuables worth R 2.25 crore.