NOIDA/GURUGRAM: A 35-year-old woman told police on Tuesday she was raped for eight hours by three men in a Swift that they drove from Gurgaon to Greater Noida, through Delhi, the previous night. The woman, apparently thrown out of the car in the early hours of Tuesday, was spotted near an eatery, Chacha ka Dhaba, at Sector Omega-1 in Greater Noida around 4am by a passerby, who informed the police.
Noida police have filed a case of gang rape but are yet to identify the suspects who, according to sources, met the woman on MG Road in Gurgaon, near Sahara Mall. Investigators in both cities said they were probing how she came to be in the car.
“She alleged she was picked up by three men and gang-raped,” said Suniti, SP (rural), Greater Noida. “But her statement was not coherent. It’s not clear if she was forcibly put in the car or she willingly got into the vehicle,” she added.
The role of an auto driver, who dropped the 35-year-old at MG Road and apparently introduced her to the three men, is also under investigation. Police said the woman, who is from Rajasthan, moved into a house in Sohna with her three children three weeks ago, and used to work as a cook. She is separated from her husband.
She told police she came to MG Road around 8.30 pm and the three men who raped her were in a white Swift. Policemen in Greater Noida found two beer bottles and an empty can at the spot where she was sitting.
She had minor head injuries and bruises on her face and was taken to Yatharth hospital in Greater Noida for first aid and subsequently to district hospital in Noida for a medical examination.
Her cellphone details showed she was in Gurgaon till 1.30 am. CCTV footage of a shopping complex next to the Omega-1 dhaba did not, however, capture any car near her, a police officer said.
Later in the day, a Noida police team took her to Gurgaon, where a joint police team from the two cities spoke to her for two hours.
She was also taken to MG Road to identify the spot where she came across the three men.
Sumit Kuhar, DCP (crime), Gurgaon, said, “We have not registered a case as Uttar Pradesh police have already done so under relevant sections. We will provide all necessary assistance in investigating this case. According to the preliminary investigation, no abduction took place in Gurgaon.”
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