Snapdeal executive records statement in court

  • Peeyush Khandelwal, Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
  • Updated: Feb 23, 2016 13:02 IST
Police and media personnel outside the residence of the victim on the day after the abduction. A police officer said a gunner has been provided there for her family’s security. (HT File Photo)

The Snapdeal executive, who was abducted on February 10 while travelling in an auto near river Hindon and later let off, appeared before a court on Monday to record her statement in the case under Section 164 of the CrPC.

The 24-year-old executive, Dipti Sarna, was abducted by four people, including prime accused and repeat offender Devendra, 30, who is believed to have been stalking Sarna for over a year and had orchestrated the kidnapping.

On Monday, a police team including women officers escorted Sarna to the Ghaziabad court where she recorded her statement for over an hour inside the magistrate’s chamber.

“She is recovering from the incident and detailed the events before the magistrate. Her statements are sealed and investigating officer will…analyse them after seeking permission from the court. She was later escorted to her house where we have already provided the family a gunner for security purpose,” said Avnish Gautam, station house officer at Sihani Gate police station.

“Her statements will also help us strengthen our case against the accused. We will be filing the chargesheet at the earliest,” Gautam said.

He said the police have added section of 354D of the IPC (stalking) to the ongoing investigation since Devendra, who was nabbed along with four of his accomplices on February 15, had been tailing Sarna for one year before abducting her.

“The section for stalking is added as per the statement given by the woman. Earlier, we registered the FIR for abduction and added sections of robbery and criminal conspiracy with common intention to the investigation,” Gautam said.

Devendra, who has 30 cases of murder, attempt to murder, and robbery against him, is from Kami village in Sonepat, Haryana. It was there that he had kept Sarna hostage. After the issue came to prominence on the media, CM Akhilesh Yadav intervened and the police launched a manhunt to find her abductors and rescue her. Following this, Devendra made Sarna board a train from Sandal Kalan in the early hours of February 12. She called her family from the phone of a passenger on board the train and asked them to pick her from the New Delhi railway station.

Devendra is presently lodged in Dasna jail along with the four accomplices.

“He has asked us for a book on history and is presently reading pre-Independence events in India... He is behaving well. However, we are keeping a watch on him,” said SP Yadav, jail superintendent at Dasna.

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