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Wanted duo in rape case 'flees' to India

Two men wanted in connection with a vicious rape of a 36-year-old woman here have fled to India, Australian police said today.

world Updated: Oct 22, 2010 11:35 IST

Two men wanted in connection with a vicious rape of a 36-year-old woman here have fled to India, Australian police said today.

"Police will liaise with Indian authorities in relation to the investigation," a spokeswoman of Victoria Police, said.

The police did not mention the nationalities of the duo who flew out of Australia last Sunday, though an AAP report said they had "returned" to India.

Sexual crimes squad detectives were told a man forced a 36-year-old woman into a silver car with an another man on Dandenong Road in Oakleigh, in Melbourne's southeast on October 3, it said.

The victim was driven to a location where she was physically and sexually assaulted. It was said that she passed out and later found herself partially clothed and bleeding on North Road.

Police released security video footage of one of the men allegedly involved in the attack visiting a petrol station, according to the report.

The car's bonnet, which bore a distinctive pattern, was later found abandoned. Police official Sean Martin said the attack was vicious in the sense that the woman was punched in the face and eye, suffering an abrasion, bruising and bleeding as well as being sexually assaulted.