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Chandigarh gangrape: Victim identifies two other accused arrested in UP

The police had on Friday arrested Mohammed Irfan, an autorickshaw driver, who along with Garib and Poppu had raped the woman.

punjab Updated: Nov 27, 2017 00:04 IST
Shailee Dogra
Shailee Dogra
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Nine days after she was gangraped by an autorickshaw driver and his two accomplices in Sector 53, the 21-year-old victim has identified all the accused.

Mohammad Garib, 21, and Kismat Ali, alias Poppu, 21, were arrested in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, the same day as the auto driver, Mohammad Irfan, 29, was identified by the victim at the Burail jail.

After Garib and Poppu were brought to Chandigarh, the victim also identified them from among 12 similar looking persons on Sunday evening.

While Poppu was arrested from Musafirkhana village in Amethi, Garib was apprehended in Lakhori village of Faizabad district. Both hail from these villages.

They were brought to Chandigarh on Sunday morning and sent to the Burail jail by the duty magistrate, where the identification parade was conducted.

According to the procedure, during the identification parade, the victim or witness identifies the accused in presence of a magistrate. The accused is to be identified among a group of persons varying from 5 to 6 in sets of three.

Illiterate, they worked as labourers

Garib and Poppu were arrested on the basis of addresses provided by Irfan after he was arrested on Friday.

Irfan had told the police that the two lived in his locality in Zirakpur and they all worked as labourers before he started driving an auto.

“Garib got recently married while Poppu is unmarried. Both are illiterate. They worked as daily-wage labourers,” said UT senior superintendent of police Nilambari Vijay Jagdale.

The two had moved to Zirakpur along with their parents about five years back and had been living in shanties on near JP Hospital in Pabhat village, she said.

Garib and Poppu were posing as passengers when the victim boarded Irfan’s auto on the evening of November 17. However, instead of taking the woman to Mohali, where she stays as a paying guest, Irfan headed towards Sector 42, on the pretext of refuelling the auto. Later, he drove to a secluded spot in Sector 53, opposite the petrol pump, where all three took turns raping her.

Police investigations have pointed out that it was a planned crime. “The men were drunk and were looking for a victim,” said the SSP. It was Irfan who had persuaded the victim to keep sitting in the auto even after it ran out of fuel. Police have already moved an application seeking production warrants of the accused, which comes up for hearing on Monday.

First Published: Nov 26, 2017 15:45 IST