US woman’s gang rape: Delhi Police seek internal probe report from travel agencies
The police have also asked an Indian travel agency, who organized the tour for the victim on behalf of their US counterparts, for their probe report and the evidences which the accused employees had produced to claim their innocence.delhi Updated: Dec 10, 2016 09:33 IST
Delhi Police have approached a US-based travel agency and asked them to submit an internal probe report that they conducted pertaining to the gangrape of a US woman in a five star hotel of the Capital in April this year.
The US woman, in her complaint filed before the Delhi Police, has named five people for allegedly drugging and then raping her.
The police have also asked an Indian travel agency, who organized the tour for the victim on behalf of their US counterparts, for their probe report and the evidences which the accused employees had produced to claim their innocence. The police have learnt that the employees named in the complaint as accused were reportedly given a clean chit and no action was taken against them by the travel agency, sources said.
A senior police officer privy to the probe said that during their investigations into the rape case they learnt that the woman had first approached the US travel agency with her complaint.
Considering her allegations as serious, the travel agency’s administration ordered an internal probe. They took up the matter with their business partner in India and sought explanations from the tourist guide and other employees who were named as accused in the woman’s complaint.
The woman has accused five men — four employees of the Indian travel agency and an attendant of the hotel where she was staying — of drugging, raping and threatening her during her India tour in April.
During the internal enquiry, the tourist guide produced the feedback form that was filled by the woman before leaving for her country after her India tour. He has claimed that in that feedback form, the woman praised the services offered by the guide and other staff, said the officer.
“The tourist guide has claimed that she did not make any adverse remarks against them in the feedback form. We want to verify his claims by examining that feedback form,” the officer said.
The tourist guide and other staff have also submitted some group photographs which they had clicked with the woman and the group of tourists of which she was a part. Some of the photographs were clicked in Jaipur and Agra after the alleged crime. The alleged suspects have claimed that they had accompanied the woman during her trip to Agra and Jaipur after the alleged crime took palce.
The police may ask the travel agencies to explain why they did not bring the matter to their notice, even when the complaint was about gangrape with one of their customers.