Victim says white SUV used for rape, police clueless
In her statement recorded before the Judicial Magistrate, the 17-year-old gangrape victim has disclosed that she was raped by one of the five accused police constables in a white-coloured SUV.
The victim has named Sunil in her statement under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) alleging that he forcibly took her in a white-coloured SUV near Mullanpur and raped her in the vehicle. The victim has recorded that she was raped during the night in the vehicle which, according to her statement, belonged to Sunil's friend.
"She (victim) was taken in a white car. She said the car was an SUV but she did not know the make of the vehicle. Sunil had taken her in that vehicle which he claimed belonged to one of his friends," the victim's brother told Newsline.
The accused took her to some jungle area near Mullanpur where she was allegedly raped. The all-women special investigation team (SIT) constituted to probe the case is also looking into this allegation levelled by the victim.
When asked about the private vehicle in which she was raped, Inspector Harjit Kaur of the SIT said the victim had not mentioned the make of the vehicle used by the accused.
According to sources, the victim has also deposed before the Magistrate that she was raped by two accused Akshay and Sunil. The other three dismissed police constables, according to her statement, had harassed her several times.
A separate inquiry was marked in this case by UT Administration to the UT Police Vigilance Cell which was ordered to investigate the role of Police Control Room (PCR) vehicles in the crime. Vigilance inquiry was marked to ascertain the duties assigned to the accused during the period when the victim alleges she was raped.
A vigilance official said reports from the PCR about the locations of the accused are yet to be attained. Further investigations into the role of PCR can be carried out only after the Global Positioning System (GPS) reports are given to the Vigilance cell by PCR.