One of the major hindrances in nabbing the accused is the switched off status of the victim’s mobile phone, the police said.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)
One of the major hindrances in nabbing the accused is the switched off status of the victim’s mobile phone, the police said.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

Over 50 persons questioned but Ghaziabad gang-rape suspects yet to be held

Two men allegedly pulled the victim into the bushes in the isolated fields and raped her. One of them also allegedly filmed the act using her mobile phone and took the handset with him.
By Peeyush Khandelwal | Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
PUBLISHED ON SEP 29, 2017 08:56 PM IST

The Ghaziabad police is yet to track the persons who allegedly raped and assaulted a 25-year-old woman after overpowering her near NH-58 on the night of September 22.

The woman was returning home from the hospital where she works as a nurse. She had said that the used the same route every day but the stretch was isolated on that day due to recurrent rains. The two men allegedly pulled her into the bushes in the isolated fields and raped her. During the incident, one of them also allegedly filmed the act using her mobile phone and took the handset with him.

“We have roped in the crime branch and officers of special operation group to track the accused. Our work is taking place on a daily basis. So far, we have picked up 50 persons from villages in the area for questioning. We have also made sketches based on the description provided by the victim. However, the sketch will not be released to public domain immediately as it might alert the culprits,” Atish Kumar Singh, circle officer (city II), said.

One of the major hindrances in nabbing the accused is the switched off status of the victim’s mobile phone, which they had taken after the incident.

“The mobile phone has remained switched off since the incident. We have recovered few pieces of evidence from the scene of the crime and these will be helpful in ascertaining the actual culprits. We are close to cracking the case and it maybe is just a matter of two days before the culprits are arrested,” Singh said.

The woman has been discharged from the hospital where she was lodged after the incident.

“She is now showing signs of improvement and is also helping police with the investigation. Officers of the crime branch are in touch with us and working regularly on clues provided by my sister. She has assured that she will be able to identify them if they are brought before her,” the woman’s brother said.

Following the incident, the victim filed a police complaint and the police lodged an FIR under sections of gang-rape and robbery of the IPC at Sihani Gate police station.

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