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Youth suspected of role in diplomat rape case held

Police suspect a youth, held in World Trade Tower shootout case, to be involved in the rape case also.

india Updated: Nov 11, 2003 20:49 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Delhi Police have arrested a youth whom they suspect to be involved in the sensational rape case of a Swiss diplomat.

Police on Monday arrested one Navneet Randhawa, a 24-year-old from Haryana currently residing in East Delhi, and are questioning him for his involvement in the case.

Randhawa has actually been arrested in connection with a shootout at the World TradeTower in Connaught Place earlier this year. He has allegedly confessed to his involvement in this crime.

"We received a tip off about one East Delhi-based Yankee having suspicious movements and also about his presence near Siri Fort on the fateful day (of the Swiss diplomat's rape)," Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Dipender Pathak told reporters.

A pass out of Lawrence school at Sanawar and Economics graduate from Furgusson College Pune, Randhawa admitted that he was at a shop of a famous coffee chain near Siri Fort but has been so far denying any involvement in the rape case, Pathak said and added that his movements on that day were being investigated.

However, Randhawa has admitted his involvement in the shoot out at the WTT in which cash of Rs 14,000 and a mobile phone were robbed in broad day light, the DCP said.

The accused told the cops that he had committed robbery at the Swiss airline counter out of frustation for money to meet his flamboyance, Pathak said.

After being estranged from his family, Randhawa found himself in acute shortage of money and decided to carry out a robbery, the DCP said and added he recced the area first and chose Swiss International airlines office as his target after ensuring a safe escape route.

He had used his father's gun to carry out the sensational robbery, Pathak said.

To a consistent question whether Delhi Police suspected his involvement in the Swiss diplomats rape case, the DCP said "his movement towards Siri Fort side on October 14 and his possible involvement into the case is further being looked into".

A 35-year-old Swiss diplomat was raped on October 14 by two people who abducted her from the parking lot of the Siri Fort Auditorium. The incident shook the entire police establishment and led to suspension of five policemen.

First Published: Nov 11, 2003 15:48 IST