The Chandigarh police claim to have identified two of the six accused who abducted a German tourist from a luxury hotel in the city early Sunday and tried to rape her.
The police have reportedly recovered the car in which the girl was driven back to her friend's place.
Denying that the 20-year-old German was raped, senior police officer Madhur Verma told mediapersons on Monday: “Despite keeping her in custody for over 10 hours, they couldn't rape her… We’re close to making arrests in the case which are expected anytime.”
He said the Scorpio used in the crime had also been identified by the police.
Of six, at least five of the accused belonged to Ambala, said Verma but he refused to divulge more information about the identified accused saying it could hamper the investigation.
Verma said preliminary investigations revealed that the victim, who had come out of the hotel, had got friendly with the youth in the hotel parking.
“She wanted to drive the vehicle and took the Scorpio out of the hotel but she forgot the way to the hotel. She was then asked to sit on the side seat and taken away to some undisclosed location. When she protested, she was dumped on the rear seat,” Verma said.
The victim left for Delhi for her onward journey to Germany on Monday. Earlier in the day, she was taken to Ambala for identification of the accused.
Verma said the victim will visit Chandigarh as and when required in the case. The woman had come to the city to attend the wedding of one of her friends, an NRI settled in Germany.