Rapists robbed a man before picking up victim and friend; 4 held, 2 on the run
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Those absconding have been identified as Akshay Thakur, a resident of Aurangabad, Bihar, and Raju. Both work as cleaners.
The woman was raped and tortured with an iron rod and blades while her 28-year-old engineer friend who works for HCL was beaten and stripped, before both were thrown off the chartered bus on NH-8 near south Delhi.
According to the police, the assault followed an altercation between the couple and the accused. One of the accused reportedly passed a lewd remark, asking the woman's friend what he was doing with her that late at night. The friend protested and hit the accused. When they started assaulting her friend, the woman put up stiff resistance, hitting them. This allegedly enraged the accused, who decided to teach her a lesson. They allegedly knocked her friend conscious and dragging the woman to the rear of the bus, took turns raping her.
Just prior to the incident, the accused allegedly robbed a carpenter identified as Ram Aadhar, whom they had offered a lift from the R K Puram Subzi Mandi. They dropped him at the IIT-Delhi gate around 8.30 pm after which they reached Munirka and picked up the couple.
After allegedly throwing the couple off the bus, Ram Singh and Vinay Sharma dropped the other accused at R K Puram before taking the bus to the owner's place in Noida. There, the police said, Singh washed the bus in a bid to destroy evidence. The next morning, he allegedly returned to R K Puram, while his accomplices went about their daily routine. He then set out for Noida to get the bus for duty.
In the meantime, the Delhi Police had managed to zero in on the owner of the bus, Dinesh Yadav, who identified the bus as his. The victim's friend apparently gave enough clues to help locate the bus, including that it had yellow curtains, red seats, had Yadav written on the side and was a luxury bus. As soon as Singh arrived at R K Puram with the bus, the Delhi Police apprehended him. The rest were identified on Singh's interrogation.