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On Monday, the woman was battling for life at the ICU of Safdarjung hospital where doctors, horrified by the nature of her injuries and the brutality of the assault, described her case as "probably the most grievous" they have ever handled.
As the incident sparked outrage in the Capital, police launched a manhunt after coming under fire. Late Monday night, DCP (South) Chhaya Sharma said the driver of the bus, Ram Singh, had been arrested. Another officer said Singh's brother Mukesh had also been held.
Five other persons have been identified and the bus seized. Singh's brother was driving the bus at the time of the incident, police said. Among the seven, one is an attendant at the Siri Fort sports complex, another a vegetable vendor.
According to police, it appeared that the men in the bus had been partying and were heavily drunk.
The white-coloured bus, which belongs to Yadav travel service and has tinted windows and curtains, was found parked in R K Puram Sector III. It is used, among other things, to transport students of two schools in Delhi and Noida.
Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Dharmendra Kumar said: "The bus has been seized. The CFSL team is conducting an examination."
Police said the woman, who hails from Dehradun and lives in Uttam Nagar, was on her way home after watching a movie with her friend at the Select Citywalk mall in Saket. They attended an evening show after which her friend decided to drop her home. They took an auto-rickshaw to Munirka on the Outer Ring Road and were waiting there when the bus pulled up at 9.15 pm and a man called out for commuters headed to Dwarka and Palam.
DCP Sharma said: "The woman and her friend purchased two tickets for Rs 10 each. They were in a hurry to reach home. As soon as the bus moved, the men inside had a verbal exchange with the woman's friend. There was a scuffle... The police control room was informed after the two had been dumped on the NH 8 stretch at Mahipalpur. We are working on a few leads. The place where the incident occurred is a well-lit place."
Police sources said that as soon as the two boarded the bus, the men asked the woman's friend why was he out so late with her. There was a scuffle and the men assaulted him. One of them hit him on the head with a rod while the others dragged away the woman and took turns to rape her. She was also tortured by the men who used blades and rods.
Police said the bus took two rounds of the Mahipalpur area near the airport and shows up in CCTV footage taken from hotels and a petrol pump.
The woman and her friend were later thrown out of the moving bus. A manager of DS Construction, the company that operates the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway, saw them on the road and alerted police at 10.22 pm. A police control room van, which reached the spot immediately, took them to hospital.