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No chargesheet as forensic expert on leave

delhi Updated: Jan 08, 2011 01:10 IST
Vijaita Singh
Vijaita Singh
Hindustan Times
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The Dhaula Kuan rape victim will have to wait a little longer to get justice. More than 40 days after the 30-year-old BPO employee was abducted and gangraped, the Delhi Police is yet to file a chargesheet in the case.

The reason: a forensic expert who was to examine the evidence collected by the police is on leave, making the police unable to file a chargesheet.

The case was to be tried in a fast-track court, so that the victim could get justice as soon as possible.

The incident was reported on November 24, when the victim, who was returning home from work, was abducted by five men in a pick-up van and dumped at a desolate area in Mongolpuri after being gangraped.

On December 2, the police arrested two of the five accused — Shamshad alias Khutkan, 25, and Usman alias Kale, 25 —after a raid in the Mewat region of Haryana.

Three others — Shahid alias Chota Billi, 25, Iqbal alias Bada Billi, 25 and Kamruddin alias Mobile — were arrested later.

The victim had identified Shamshad and Usman during a test identification parade (TIP) at the Tihar Jail.

"We had collected forensic evidence like DNA samples of the accused, when they were arrested. They are to be matched at a forensic laboratory and the report has to be a part of the chargesheet,” said a senior police officer.

“Till the chargesheet is not submitted in court, the trial cannot begin," the officer added.

A posse of 310 policemen, armed with AK47's, body protectors and bullet proof vests went to a non-descript village in Mewat to nab the accused.

Police said they had also collected forensic evidence from the pick-up van in which the victim was raped.

Throughout the investigation, the victim displayed immense courage and it was due to the description provided by her that the police could zero down on the gang. "The victim gave peculiar details about their dialect and mannerisms which further helped us track the accused," said the officer.