In their investigation in the gangrape of a 30-year-old BPO employee, the Delhi Police has gone undercover to catch the criminals. The Delhi Police has formed a separate team to collect information discreetly about the involvement of Mewat-based criminals who they suspect to have had a role in the crime.
“They normally move around in a pick-up van (like the one used in the Dhaula Kuan gangrape) and steal cattle from Delhi’s bordering areas. They move at great speed and pelt stones incessantly when confronted by the police. They are active in Mongolpuri, Najafgarh, Nangloi and Mehrauli areas,” said a senior police officer.
However, the Delhi Police cannot raid the villages in the Mewat region in Haryana, some 50 km from Delhi, fearing resistance and a violent backlash.
The past few times that Delhi Police officials have gone there to apprehend criminals, they have returned with bloodied noses and fractured legs.
Last year, when a team of south Delhi policemen had gone to raid a village in Haryana they had returned with bruises all over their bodies.
"We strongly suspect their involvement but cannot go and openly raid the villages. We have deployed teams to trace the pick-up van used in the crime as it is mostly used by people in the region,” said HGS Dhaliwal, deputy commissioner of police (south). Two teams have been formed to work on the Mewatis.
On Monday, police detained four men from different areas of Delhi—Mongolpuri, Nazafgarh and Nagloi—in connection with the case.
“These people have criminal backgrounds and are engaged in some sort of construction work, or work at brick kilns or as helpers at a tent house. They are relevant but not necessarily linked to the gangrape,” said the officer.
“We are looking at all possibilities. The detentions are based on some inputs. There is a definite trail,” he said.
Police said they were checking the records of mobile phones that were active in the area where the victim was picked up from and
Mongolpuri area where she was dumped.
“Checking the phone calls details is a massive exercise and we are on the job. We hope to get a clue soon,” said a senior police officer.
In south district alone 15 teams have been formed to probe the case.