Asif Khan, who had ‘accompanied’ the Ghaziabad rape victim and her friend Yogesh Chaudhary to the vacant industrial plot in Site-IV industrial area, had a welding contract there. That is why, the guard posted at the entrance of the plot did not stop the white Indica car in which the trio arrived there on Saturday night.
“Since Asif has a welding-contract here, I did not stop the car. When some workers told me that an incident of rape has taken place the plot, I immediately locked up the main gate. But Asif knew the entire plot well and may have fled through another gate routes,” Suman Kumar, a guard at the plot, said.
The workshop owner told HT that Asif had got married nearly a month ago and runs a welding unit in Maharajpur area at Site-IV industrial area.
The workers of the government-run bus repair workshop, where the rape took place, said they had been sleeping in one of the buses due to a power failure, when the heard the cries of the woman. But instead of rescuing her then and there, they chose to inform the police.
“We heard the woman shouting but could not know what was happening. We went back to sleep, thinking that the cries must be coming from an adjacent plot,” a worker told Hindustan Times.
But when the workers saw a man running away from the vacant, unlit area of the plot, they tried to follow him.
“But he had already gone too far. Then we saw the woman crying inside the car. We understood that something had gone wrong, but fearing trouble, we called up our senior officials. They asked us not to interfere in the matter and call up the police,” another worker said.
The victim’s friend Yogesh, currently in police custody, also alleged that the workers did nothing to help the victim. “Her t-shirt was completely torn, so I gave her mine. I tried to get the workers to help us by handing over their mobile phone, but they didn’t. Instead they called up their seniors, who called the police. Asif had taken away my friend’s mobile phone due to which we could not call the police,” Yogesh said.
Yogesh also said that he had fought with Asif that night and had tried to catch him but he escaped. The workers at the workshop confirmed this.
Even the victim has reportedly said that Yogesh was not involved in the incident, but he has been arrested after her brother-in-law filed a case against him for conspiring in the rape incident.