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Key accused held in Durgapur gangrape

Rajesh Kora was tracked by cops using mobile phone signals, and nabbed while returning to his Durgapur home.

kolkata Updated: Sep 13, 2012 11:25 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Rajesh Kora, the principal accused in the Durgapur gang rape case was arrested while he was returning from Jamuria to his Durgapur home on Tuesday night. Kora worked at the printing press as a machine operator, and was tracked via his mobile phone signal. Police have learnt that he organised the gang rape incident, having called all the accused from his mobile phone.

Within 48 of the incident, cops successfully nabbed 11 accused in the rape case, but the search is still on for a few remaining culprits. On Tuesday, cops produced 10 of the guilty party at the Durgapur sub-divisional court, and additional chief judicial magistrate, Durgapur, Koustab Mukherjee remanded them for judicial court for 14 days. Kora was produced before the Durgapur court on Wednesday.

Police sources told HT that the victim worked at a diagnostics clinic in Asansol, where she struck a close friendship with one of the doctors. Around 9.30 pm on Sunday the two stopped at a hotel near Nigha for food and beverages. That was when some people first began to follow the duo.

Cops at the Waria outpost stopped the doctor’s car and interrogated them about their destination and why they were travelling together so late at night. The victim informed them that they were co-workers at a diagnostic centre at Asansol and that she was returning to her home in Durgapur.

However, the cops didn’t believe their story till the victim called her husband. The husband confirmed her story with the police, saying she was, in fact, his wife and that he was waiting for her at home.

The duo were allowed to leave and reached Piyala Kali Mandir near the City Centre and waited for the woman’s husband to arrive. He was furious at seeing the doctor and his wife chatting together and this led to a heated exchange between the three.

At that point, Kora overheard two men and the victim quarrelling and called his colleagues on his mobile phone. When the others reached the spot, the culprits began molesting the woman. The accused later alleged that they could smell alcohol on the victim’s breath. As the crowd of thugs grew larger, the doctor promptly left the spot, and the men pounced on the victim, dragged her into the nearby forest and overpowered and raped her.

The husband managed to inform cops, who rushed to the spot and found the woman sitting at the temple, her clothes in tatters. The police were stunned by the descriptions of the gangrape and have vowed to swiftly nab all the culprits and crack the case.

First Published: Sep 13, 2012 11:21 IST