The gangrape of a 30-year-old BPO employee has led the Delhi police to revisit a year-old-case from Shalimar Bagh area in northwest Delhi that still remains unsolved.
In 2009, an 18-year-old girl was pulled inside a pick-up van and raped in themoving vehicle. She was later dumped at a desolate area in Narela, 20 kilometres away.
The girl was on a morning walk with her mother when she was pulled inside the van and raped by five men. The incident took place around 5 am. The Shalimar Bagh case still remains unsolved.
Police said the modus operandi in both the gangrape cases were similar.
"The time and the kind of vehicle used in both the cases are similar. In the Shalimar Bagh case, the girl was abducted from Ring Road and dumped in an industrial area in Narela. In the Dhaula Kuan case, too, the woman was abducted from Moti Bagh area and dumped in Mongolpuri industrial area," said a senior police officer.
Police said they were trying to trace the Shalimar Bagh victim and record her statement to gain more insight into the case.
On Tuesday, the police released the third sketch of a suspect involved in the Dhaula Kuan gangrape.
"The sketch was prepared with the help of an account provided by a witness who wants to keep his identity confidential," said HGS Dhaliwal, deputy commissioner of police (south).
Van impounded on grounds of suspicion
Delhi Police said they have verified hundreds of pick-up vans that resembled the one used in the Dhaula Kuan gangrape case last week.
"We have impounded a white pick-up van, the description of which is very similar to the one provided by the woman and other eyewitnesses. The pick-up van impounded from Mongolpuri area has a flowery and colourful rear façade — the description given by the victim. It also does not have a rear number plate and a mattress was found in it. The vehicle's owner is based in Alwar," said a senior police officer.
Police said the woman is yet to identify the vehicle.
The impounded van, with a Haryana registration number, has been kept at the Vasant Kunj police station.
The owner reportedly told the police that four men had hired the van for Rs 1,000 on that day.
Police said their teams were camping in various parts of the city to trace the men who had hired the van.