A Kuwait-based Non-Resident Indian was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly befriending a top bank official through internet chats, then raping her with false promises of marriage.
Police said the accused, Arif Hussain Sajjad (30), who worked as an information technology engineer in Kuwait, came to India in June to visit his family. During his stay in Rajasthan, Sajjad chatted online with various women under the name, John. One of his victims was the 33-year old banker.
Police said he might have raped more women using the same method. In her police statement, the complainant said Sajjad befriended her over internet chats that lasted a few months, starting before he got here. On July 24, he allegedly called her to a hotel in Malad, where they had sex after he promised to marry her.
“Later that day, when the complainant asked about their marriage plans, the accused backtracked and threw her out of the hotel room,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Sanjay Banerjee.
That’s when the banker filed a rape complaint with the Malad police, who then raided his room and found his passport. A lookout notice was issued against him at all airports in the country, police said.
Sajjad remained untraceable despite multiple visits by the police to his parents’ house in Rajasthan. He was finally arrested from a rented apartment there.
“After raping the victim, he had been hiding in a Malad multiplex to avoid the police,” said Police Inspector Deepak Patangre of Malad police station.