Greater Noida ‘gang rape’: Victim retracts statement, neighbours get clean chit

One of the four women had earlier given a statement, saying three of the six suspects could be her neighbours. But on Friday morning, she allegedly retracted from her statement.

noida Updated: May 26, 2017 23:22 IST
Sohil Sehran
Sohil Sehran
Hindustan Times
‪‪Jewar‬,‪Greater Noida‬,‪Uttar Pradesh‬
One of the women had earlier given statements that three of the six accused were her neighbours. However, she retracted from her statement on Friday morning giving a clean chit to the three.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

One of the four women allegedly gang raped on the Jewar-Bulandshahr Road in Greater Noida, off the Yamuna Expressway, early on Thursday have denied the involvement of her neighbours in the crime.

The woman had earlier given a statement to media persons, saying three of the six suspects could be her neighbours. But on Friday morning, she allegedly retracted from her statement.

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“Through reports, we came to know that they were suspecting their neighbours and based on it, we raided a house late night. Five men were taken for questioning by the special task force and later released,” said Rajpal Tomar, station house officer, Jewar police station.

Tomar said the women had not named any neighbour in the complaint. “We asked her about her apprehensions but she apologised for the statement and denied the involvement of neighbours. She said whatever she said was out of anger,” added Tomar.

The neighbours in question live near the victims’ house and the police have figured out a property dispute between the two families.

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After the woman’s statement and police raid, there was tension in the tiny village in Jewar. Local clerics interacted with the victims and told them that they should not bring in personal enmity in this case else those involved will go scot-free.

“We live in one area and cannot think of committing such crime. It is true arguments take place but it does not mean any of us will be falsely implicated. The loss in the family is loss for us also and when police came to raid our house, we were ready to go through any investigation,” said 42-year-old Sageer Ahmad, a neighbour of the victims. His brother Mohammad Salam was detained by police for questioning late last night.

On Saturday, a final statement would be recorded before the magistrate. “There we will be clear about everything,” said Tomar, who is supervising the investigations.

He said surveillance had been mounted on the Bawaria and axle gangs.

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As many as 50 personnel from different security agencies - special operation group (SOG), special task force (STF), anti-extortion cell, crime branch and district police - have been roped in to solve the case.

Top officials have set a deadline of two weeks to work out the case - the alleged gang rape of four women and murder of a 38-year-old man.

The personnel will work in collaboration with Rajpal Tomar, station house officer, Jewar Police station.

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The investigators are probing all the angles and studying similar cases to analyse the modus operandi of such gangs.

“In previous cases, we had identified many persons involved in such robbery cases. We will check all details and investigate accordingly,” said an investigation officer.

Police suspect the culprits may be based in Bulandshahr and committed the crime with their Jewar-based accomplices. Late Thursday night, 18 men were detained for questioning, of which five were neighbours of the victims. They were released after an hour, said police sources.

The operations are being monitored by the inspector general of Meerut range, Ram Kumar, and supervised by Love Kumar, senior superintendent of police, Gautam Budh Nagar.

First Published: May 26, 2017 14:32 IST