The 22-year-old woman who drove her Maruti Alto into several people and vehicles in Sectors 45 and 46 on Monday evening, on Tuesday denied that she had been raped, and also said she had drinks before the incident with a friend. She told the police that she was drunk at the time (Monday night) and thus not in the condition to give a statement.
The Sector-34 police station now has registered a case under the Motor Vehicle Act and under Indian Penal Code for drunken, rash driving against her. Police said she told them she had drinks with a woman friend in Sector 9 before heading home in Sector 46. She lost control around 8.45pm. Her medical examination confirmed that she was drunk though the exact level would be known in further blood tests, police said.
Though initially the matter seemed that of drunken driving alone, the rape aspect came in at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH) in Sector 16 when a relative said her drink had been spiked and she was raped. DSP (central) Ram Gopal and station house officer (SHO), Sector 11, Narinder Patial and a woman sub-Inspector reached the hospital to verify the allegations from her, but she retracted these on Tuesday. The DSP said, “She confirmed that she had given a statement under the influence of liquor and nothing had happened with her.”
In the incident, she had hit an elderly woman Kamla Devi, a resident of Sector 46, and a motorcyclist Pawan Thakur, a resident of Ram Darbar, who suffered multiple fractures, and were admitted to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32.