For representational purpose only. (HT FILE)
For representational purpose only. (HT FILE)

19-year-old raped by two inside a bus in Navi Mumbai, one arrested

Police arrested one of the accused on Monday, while the second accused, who is the driver of the bus, is still at large.
By Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan, Navi Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 12:37 AM IST

A 19-year-old woman was allegedly raped by two people inside a stationary bus at Kharghar on the night of February 3. Police arrested one of the accused on Monday, while the second accused, who is the driver of the bus, is still at large.

According to the police, the survivor and the accused lived in the same building. The accused had offered the woman a spiked drink during a pre-wedding celebration in the building that night. “During the celebration, the woman felt thirsty and went to have some water. The accused called her aside and suggested that she could have some soft-drink if she wanted to. Since both the accused stayed in the same building, the woman did not suspect them and had the soft drink offered by them,” said Vivek Bhoir, assistant inspector, Kharghar police station.

“The bus, which belongs to the other accused, was parked at a secluded place nearby. When the survivor started to feel uneasy, they took her out and offered some more spiked drinks. At one point she was almost unconscious, following which they brought her to the bus and took turns to rape her. After committing the crime, they dumped her on the road, snatched her mobile phone and fled the spot,” he said.

The woman started screaming for help after she regained consciousness. “A few people spotted her and took her to the police station. After she narrated the incident, we registered a complaint against the accused under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). On Monday, we arrested the first accused, a 19-year-old college student. We are now looking for the bus driver and hope to arrest him soon,” Bhoir said.

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