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South campus rape case: Accused was about to party after committing crime

Minutes after police came to know about the case, a team was sent to Ravidas Camp in R K Puram — where four December 16, 2012 rape accused lived — to get leads.

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi |
December 17, 2016 2:08:55 am
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The accused in the alleged rape of a 19-year-old in South Campus was about to start drinking with his friends when he was arrested on Friday.

Minutes after police came to know about the case, a team was sent to Ravidas Camp in R K Puram — where four December 16, 2012 rape accused lived — to get leads. The breakthrough came when the woman re-visited the crime scene with police and identified the accused’s SX4 car, parked outside his home.

His home, incidentally, is 400 meters from the homes of the four rape accused.

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Deputy Commissioner of Police (South district) Ishwar Singh said a police team took the victim to the crime scene, and she identified the exact spot where the alleged rape took place.

“We got a major lead after the suspect’s car was spotted by the complainant, parked about 100 metres from the location where she was allegedly raped,” he said.

The car also had a parking sticker — of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Krishi Bhawan, issued in 2012. “The car is a private vehicle. The owner’s father works in CISF and is posted in Delhi. We will be questioning them about the sticker, which he got from his uncle. If it has been procured illegally, action will be taken against them,” Singh said.

Police said the car was locked. But they confirmed it was the accused’s vehicle when police dialled the woman’s cell phone, and found it ringing inside the car. “On the basis of the car’s registration number, police traced the address of the owner to Kotla Mubarakpur. A team picked up the owner, Mohit Panwar, who informed police that the car belongs to him, but it was with his driver, Avneesh. He then called Avneesh, who switched off his phone,” police said, adding that Avneesh had spotted some policemen near the car and was aware they were looking for him.

Police then scanned his call detail records and detained 10 of his friends, with whom he was in constant touch. “During questioning, one of his friends, Mohit, got a call from Avneesh. The accused had invited him for drinks before leaving for his native place in Etawah. The call was made from a different number. Investigators zeroed in on the accused at 1.45 pm from a slum in Moti Bagh. He was about to begin drinking with friends when he was arrested,” a senior police officer said.

On sustained interrogation, Avneesh broke down and admitted to the crime, police said. Later, experts from the Regional Forensic Science Laboratory conducted an inspection of the car. Nine exhibits were picked up by the forensic team, including the woman’s phone, police said.

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