Day after woman gangraped in Chandigarh, police hunt for accused
A day after a 21-year-old woman was gangraped along a service road on National Highway-21 in Sector 53, Chandigarh, police are yet to arrest the accused.
The victim, who hails from Dehradun, was returning from stenography classes in Sector 37 to her paying guest accommodation in Mohali at 7.45pm on Friday when she was taken to a secluded spot and gangraped by the autorickshaw driver and two passengers.
Two motorcyclists passing by the spot saw her sobbing on the roadside at 9pm and informed the police.
“We have a few leads. The accused went to a petrol station before committing the crime. They ran out of fuel and pushed the three-wheeler to the pump in Sector 42. We have the CCTV footage,” said Chandigarh police chief Nilambari Vijay Jagdale. “We have sought help from the Mohali police,” she said as the area borders the district in Punjab.
The victim told the police that she took the shared autorickshaw to go to her paying guest accommodation in Phase 3B1, Mohali. There were two men in the three-wheeler when she boarded it. She was on the phone when she boarded the autorickshaw.
The driver turned towards desolate stretch on Sector 42 on the pretext of filling fuel. When the autorickshaw ran out of fuel, the two passengers got down and pushed it for a few metres to the filling station.
After leaving the petrol station, the accused drove towards a jungle on the opposite side of the highway in Sector 53, where they took turns to rape her.
They took away her mobile phone while fleeing.
Around 9pm, the woman was spotted by two men on a motorcycle while she sat crying on the roadside. She narrated the incident after which they called the police.
The police took her to Government Multi Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16. Doctors confirmed gangrape and said the woman was in trauma.
Apart from checking autorickshaws, the police gathered records of mobile phones operational in the area to track down the accused.
Police sources said the woman, who lost her father recently, did not want her family, comprising her mother and brother, to be told about the gangrape.
(The story has been updated)
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