The similarities between the infamous Dhaula Kuan Gangrape of 2010 and Sunday's sadistic sexual assault aboard a moving luxury bus are glaring.
The word "Muskaan" written on the Tata 407 mini-truck was a vital clue for investigators that eventually helped them track down the vehicle involved in the infamous Dhaula Kuan gang-rape case. Incidentally, a surname 'Yadav', which was found written on the 'luxury' private bus gave police enough clues to trace the bus and identify the perpetrators of the Sunday night's crime.Moreover, the victims gave police some other important clues like the colour of the seats which were red and the colour of the windows which were black. They also told police that the rear gate of the bus was sealed and there were window curtains.
"During inspection of the spot and routes taken by the assailants, we found that a CCTV camera installed at a hotel had captured the footage of a white bus passing through at the same time as stated by the victims. The CCTV footage was minutely examined and we found the word 'Yadav' written at the side of the bus," said a senior police officer.
Since the bus was designed like a luxury bus, the officer said, investigators collected details of some 370 similar buses from the transport department. After this, transporters of Delhi and NCR were questioned about the identify of the bus by sharing clues with them.
Police eventually found four transporters in Noida and showed them sketches of the accused, prepared on the basis of physical descriptions given by the victims, and the picture of the bus captured by the CCTV camera.
Further investigation into the case helped police trace a transporter whose surname was Yadav and who used to get his surname written on the buses owned by him. The transporter was questioned who pleaded innocence but gave information about another transporter who uses the same surname on his buses.
"We eventually traced that transporter and asked him about his driver Singh. He called Singh on his phone and asked him about his location and also the location of the bus. Singh told him that the bus was parked in the lane outside his house at Ravidas Camp slum cluster located in Sector 3, RK Puram," the officer said.
After tracking down the bus, investigators nabbed its driver Ram Singh. Initially, he denied his involvement in the crime but when confronted with the forensic details collected from the bus, Singh broke down and confessed his involvement in the gruesome crime.
"At Singh's instance we arrested his partners in crime, Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta alias Kalu, who live with their families in the same locality. Sharma was apprehended from his home while Gupta was picked up from RK Puram Sector 1 market where he runs a fruit shop. Mukesh was nabbed from his native village in Rajasthan where he was hiding after the crime," added the officer.
Two other accused, Akshay Thakur and Raju, are still at large.