The police arrested four persons on Sunday for allegedly raping a 23-year-old woman at an isolated area on Raispur Road near Kamla Nehru Nagar locality of Ghaziabad late on Saturday.
The police have so far failed to establish the identity or the location of the victim who is reported to have been gangraped by the four accused.
Police have arrested Tony (who goes only by his first name), Jai Kishore alias Jackie, Devender Singh and Monu (single name) — all residents of Raispur village — on charges of rape and robbery after raids were conducted at a nearby village late on Saturday night.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Raghubir Lal said the victim and her friend, a 23-year-old engineer and son of a Central government employee, met six months back on a social networking site.
"They met for the first time on Saturday. The man picked her up on his bike from Noida and came to Ghaziabad, where the gangrape took place," Lal said. The four accused, who are lodged at the Kavi Nagar police station, told the Hindustan Times that they were returning from a liquor shop and spotted a bike near a field on Raispur Road. "We became suspicious and went in the direction of the field and saw the couple in a compromising position," said Tony, one of the accused.
"We overpowered them at knifepoint and then took turns to rape and beat up the girl when she resisted. After around 30 minutes, we ran away leaving them behind," he added.
"After they fled, I took her on the bike and dropped her at Noida Sector-63 area. Then I returned and contacted a police PCR van and reported the incident. The accused also fled with my mobile and the laptop," he told the Hindustan Times.
Later, he registered an FIR against the four accused for rape and robbery at Kavi Nagar police station. "I don’t know about her residence and other details, as we came to know each other on the internet," he said.
The SSP said the accused called each other by their original names during the crime, which led the police to raid the nearby Raispur village houses and nab the culprits. "One of the accused was previously arrested in a drug case and hearing his name in the case, we remembered his location," said a police official.
Till late Sunday evening, the police officials failed to establish the identity of the victim. "We are trying to trace her and our investigations are on," Lal said.
Twist in the tale
Even though the Ghaziabad SSP went on record saying that the woman knew the complainant, the latter narrated a different tale.
In his written complaint, he stated that he was returning to his house on his bike when he heard loud cries of a woman. When he went to have a look, he saw three men holding the woman and one raping her.
Further, when he tried to stop them, he was held at knifepoint and tied with a rope by two of the accused after which he fell unconscious. Singh also stated that the accused fled with his mobile and laptop and after he regained conscious, the woman and the accused were missing from the scene of crime.
"The gangrape took place on Saturday night. We are trying to trace the victim and she should come forward to give her statements against the accused who have confessed to the crime," the SSP added.
Legal experts said unless the victim comes forward and give her statements in the case against the four accused, the charges of rape would almost be impossible to prove in the court. "Even for filing a charge-sheet, the police need to investigate and record the victim's statements to punish the accused. In the absence of the victim's statements, the accused will be let off," said Praveen Rai, a Supreme Court lawyer.
SSP Raghubir Lal said the victim should help the police to make a strong case against the accused. "We are banking on the help from the complainant and the victim," Lal added.