NRI ‘raped’ in custody goes underground

Dolly Patel, a Vadodara-based NRI who is accused of fraud and who later accused top police officers of raping her in custody, has suddenly gone underground.

A team of women police officers put up a notice on her house in Vadodara after she remained unavailable for her statements for the second consecutive day on Monday.

Dolly had filed a complaint on July 14 alleging she was raped while in the custody of CID, which had arrested her in May this year in a multi-crore fraud case in which her father Kanti Patel and six others were allegedly involved.

Dolly had alleged that a CID Inspector and three others had allegedly raped her for five days in the custody on instructions of a newspaper baron and a top IPS officer who is a suspect in Ishrat Jahan encounter case.

A probe was subsequently ordered and Dolly Patel was asked by police to remain present at her residence in Vimal Society at Makarpura Road at 9.30 am on Monday to record her statement.

DCP Parikshita Rathod, who is supervising the probe, said, "We had officially informed Dolly to remain present at her home on Monday. However, she left the city at 11.30 pm on Sunday."

Women police officers found her residence locked on Monday. They were told by neighbours that Dolly had left the place with some luggage late Sunday night.

The fraud case dates back to 1984 when Dolly's father Kanti Patel, a builder in Vadodara, sold off a huge piece of land in Waghodia to several buyers. However, in 2010, he allegedly transferred the land back to his name allegedly by forging papers.

An FIR was lodged in Economic Offenses Wing in CID by one Divyang Jha, a resident of Urmi Society, who alleged that Dolly, her father and others had prepared forged documents, stamp papers and permission letters to transfer the land sold to the complainant in their own name.

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