It took around 650 policemen from six various police stations and the outer Delhi Police's special staff besides hordes of PCR vans to rescue an 18-year-old girl, who was kidnapped and later gangraped.
The tent house owner:
The neighbour, Ravi who was accompanying the 18-year-old girl at the time of the incident, informed the Police Control Room at 10.24 pm about the abduction. But he was not able to provide the registration number of the vehicle.
At 11.05 pm, Ravi again made a call to the PCR after a tent owner, who was at the spot, gave him the number of the vehicle.
"It was only after inputs given by a tent owner that we managed to make headway in the case. One of his tents was being used for a wedding in the area and he was overseeing the arrangements. He saw the girl being dragged into the car. He was the one who took down the registration number of the car," said Chhaya Sharma, deputy commissioner of police (outer).
Asked about taking two hours to rescue the victim, Sharma said specific information was not provided to the police.
"Initially, he told us that it was an Esteem, but later said it was a long car. Specific information about the vehicle was given at 11.05 pm," she said, adding that that according to the first information, the incident took place at Aman Vihar.
Operation Black Rose:
As soon as the first call to the police was made, Operation Black Rose was put in place. It is the standard operation procedure adopted during such incidents. According to police, Black Rose is used in hostage situations as the police are asked not to use much force. All beat constables were asked to search inside lanes, as the culprits may not be taking main stretches. The police also started collecting dumped data as well in an effort to track the victim.
Thanks to the inputs of the tent owner they knew that the last four digits of the registration number of the car were 4097. Investigators said they had with them the list of around 400 cars with the number given by the eyewitness.
From this, they zeroed in on high-end cars in black colour. The accused took back alleys and arterial routes they first went towards Nangloi Fatak, then the men first drove towards Mongolpuri.
A beat constable patrolling the Mongolpuri Industrial area Phase-I, noticed the car and alerted the police for reinforcements. The police arrested Rama and Chander Pal and rescued the girl. By 5.00 am, the other two who were part of the abduction were apprehended after the accused identified them. Medical examination of the girl has confirmed rape.