April 13, 2005 10:17:00 am
In the Dhaula Kuan gangrape case of 2005,the prosecution today received a jolt when a policeman,deposing as a witness,told a local court that the victim was abducted in a Maruti car and not in a Santro,as alleged by the prosecution.
While recording the testimony which cast doubt over the prosecution’s claim,Constable Raj Kumar told Additional Sessions Judge V K Bansal that he and Sub-Inspector Maley Ram were informed by the victim’s friend Rochelle that the accused had forcibly taken the girl towards Gurgaon in a Maruti car.
We met Rochelle who told S-I Ram that the girl was with her and had been forcibly taken away by three/four boys in a grey Maruti car towards Gurgaon Road, the witness said.
However,the police in their chargesheet said the four men had forced the girl to sit in a steel colour Santro car and raped her for almost two hours. Deposing as 19th prosecution witness,Kumar said he had found the victim near a Gurudwara in south Delhi,where the accused had dumped her after allegedly raping her on the night of May 8,2005.
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The prosecution had claimed that the four accused Ajit Katiyar,Danda,Jat and Tappe had abducted the girl,who was from a north-eastern state,around 2.15 am from Dhaula Kuan when she was walking back home after picking food from a roadside eatery.
Katiyar,a driver with a private firm,was arrested five days after the incident and was later identified by the victim in the test identification parade. Police have not been able to catch the other three.
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