Three of the four accused who had allegedly kidnapped and gangraped a 20-year-old Dalit woman in a moving car last Tuesday were arrested on Friday. The crime was allegedly planned by the victim’s neighbour and friend Vinay Sharma and his three accomplices, police said. They allegedly forced the woman consume alcohol and took turns to rape her in a car.
The three — Deepak Yadav, Vinay Sharma and Manish Sharma — are in police custody, while their accomplice Neeraj Yadav is at large.
Yadav was nominated as state secretary of the labour wing of a political party in October 2011. Senior party leaders said his nomination was cancelled ahead of the UP assembly polls.
Police probe revealed that Sharma, who works with a BPO firm in Sector 63, Noida, hosted a party at his residence where he and his friends planned to take the woman out on the pretext of watching a film. He reportedly took her to his office in Patwari village, Greater Noida.
“We made her consume alcohol and Yadav drove away with her in his car. When he returned, we boarded the car and drove around the city and exploited her,” Vinay is believed to have told the police. The car in which the crime was committed had tinted glasses and bears the flag of a political party.
The victim managed to jump off from the car after three hours when the accused halted to buy water from a shop in Sector 51, Noida, police said.