Dehradun: Taxi driver, aides rape, murder tourist

  • Prithviraj Singh and Karn Pratap Singh, Hindustan Times, Dehradun/New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 12, 2014 09:46 IST

A 27-year-old Delhi woman, who along with her friend was robbed and killed by a cab driver and his accomplices in Uttarakhand during the Diwali holidays, was raped, police said Tuesday.

The couple, who lived in Lado Saria in south Delhi, had left for the neighbouring hill state on October 21 and went missing two days later. It was on Monday that the police informed the families that the couple were robbed and killed near the state capital Dehradun. The police suspect the couple were killed on Diwali night on October 23.

Four men — cab driver Raju Das, Bablu, Guddu and Kundan — had been arrested, senior Uttarakhand police officer Swapan Kishore Singh said. He is part of one of the three teams investigating the sensational crime.

“One of them has confessed that he raped the girl, but we are still interrogating if the others were also involved,” Uttarkashi superintendent of police Jagatram Joshi told HT. A source identified the man as Bablu.

The body of the woman, a teacher with a Gurgaon school, is yet to be found. “We are trying to find the girl’s body. This will help establish if she was raped or not,” Joshi said. The body of her 24-year-old friend, a painter from Kolkata, was found in Purola in Uttarkashi district that abuts Dehradun. The couple, said the police, were returning to Dehradun from the popular Tiger Falls in a taxi when three men, who claimed to be friends of Das, joined them. After going some distance, the men asked the couple to step out. They robbed them, raped the woman and then killed them, Joshi said.

Das was arrested Sunday after their team went to Uttarakhand and presented the evidence that the woman’s phone was being used by him, a south Delhi officer told HT on condition of anonymity. “His interrogation led to the arrest of other three,” the officer said.

The men allegedly told the police that they strangled the couple and threw the woman’s body in the Yamuna river from a bridge. They were about to dump the man’s body when an approaching vehicle forced them to abandon the plan. They pushed the body from a nearby cliff, the Delhi officer said.

The murders could have been solved earlier had the Uttarakhand Police taken seriously the call details of the woman’s friend, the officer said. The call log showed the last person the man spoke to was Raju, he said.

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