Investigating the rape of the 29-year-old model at Saki Naka last week, the Mumbai crime branch have recovered a diary from Holiday Inn hotel, where the arrested police officers from Saki Naka police station had mentioned a possible raid. The crime branch is still on the lookout for the suspect that the model met inside the hotel before the incident.
When the model entered the hotel, she called the suspect, who came to the lobby and wrote down details about the model’s identity in the diary. Crime branch officers said the same suspect mentioned the model’s profession was that of a commercial sex worker. After seeing the details about the model, the hotel staff said they would not allow her in the hotel, the investigators revealed.
It was then that the model suspected foul play, and informed her friend, said an officer. Investigations have led the police to believe the raid was pre-planned. “The policemen had visited the hotel and spoken to the hotel staff about the raid. This hints at the fact that the whole thing was premeditated,” said Rakesh Maria, Mumbai police commissioner.
The crime branch has recorded the statements of the duty manager and other staff of the hotel, who claimed that since the guest was not registered, they didn’t allow her to go to the hotel room.
Meanwhile, the police traced the mobile phone of the absconding suspect to Gujarat two days ago, but the phone has since been switched off. “We are planning to send a police team to Gujarat to trace the suspect,” said a police officer, on condition of anonymity.
The police on Wednesday added they are investigating if the accused arrested in connection with the rape case of the model were involved in any other crime.
The eight accused, including three police officers, were produced in the magistrate court on Wednesday afternoon by the police. The police have also said they have already recovered Rs 3.75 lakh of the Rs 4.95 lakh the accused had extorted from the model and her friend. The police have already seized the car that was used in the crime.
The police claimed they want to interrogate the accused for the involvement of other accused in the crime. The court has granted the police custody of the accused till May 5.