When she flagged down the share auto-rickshaw at 8.30pm on Monday near the busy Shipra Mall, an important landmark in Indirapuram, the 19-year-old woman did not feel uncomfortable, as it’s a common practice in the area.
But the Class 12 student was later found gagged, beaten, gang-raped, robbed and then dumped at Galand village near National Highway 24 by three men — between 20 and 24 years — who later confessed to have stolen the vehicle.
Police claim the victim, who was on her way home after meeting a friend, was forced by two of the men — who posed as passengers — to sit between them. They gagged her once the vehicle developed some mechanical fault near Khoda colony, 2 km from the mall, and stopped.
Fault taken care of, the three-wheeler sped towards Ghaziabad city. And once it reached Galand, the men dragged the woman out, beat her up when she resisted, and then took turns to rape her, a police officer told HT.
Around 10.30pm, the three men fled the spot, but only after they had robbed the victim of whatever cash she had on her person and her mobile phone.
The victim eventually made her way to a nearby dhaba, where some local residents called a PCR van. The police registered a case of abduction, rape, robbery and voluntarily causing hurt against the three.
Later, two of the rapists, Ankit and Dabban, were arrested. “They confessed they had gang-raped her. We are now waiting for the victim’s medical examination report,” said circle officer Ran Vijay Singh.