Gang rape of a teenage girl in Hyderabad: the fifth accused still at large

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More than a week after an FIR was registered in the Hyderabad underage gang rape case, police have been unable to catch the fifth accused.

“On May 31, when the FIR was registered, the fifth defendant, the 18-year-old nephew of a local MP, Umair, with his family had left for Ooty on vacation. We sent a team by air, but by the time they arrived on the scene, they had left for Hyderabad. The distance between our team and their vehicle was only 25 km,” said a senior officer familiar with the investigation.

“We asked for help from Karnataka and Andhra Police but were unsuccessful,” the officer said.

However, the officer said he would get caught as soon as the police had specific leads.

A 17-year-old girl was gang-raped in a car by a group of five youths in Hyderabad in Telangana on Saturday May 28.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Two days after the incident, around 7:30 p.m., when DCP Joel Devis returned to his office after finishing meetings, he found two men waiting for him. Both were called inside his room and within minutes the West Zone DCP realized the seriousness of the matter.

The survivor’s father, who was one of the visitors, showed evidence and alleged the harassment and assault of his underage daughter that took place inside a red-colored Mercedes-Benz while she was returning home after attending a party thrown by her friends.

The DCP asked the Jubilee Hills inspector to log a case and investigate. The survivor’s statement was recorded the same day. However, she could only identify one defendant and shared details about him.

On June 2, while police were investigating the modesty section’s outrage with the Pocso law, in the evening, a senior Bharosa officer informed West Zone officers that the survivor had disclosed that she had been gang raped.

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Teams have been formed to collect CCTV footage. Soon the identity of the accused was established using CCTV and some photographs.

On the third evening, police arrested 18-year-old Saduddin, who disclosed the crime which took place inside a Toyota Innova Crysta.

CLOSE TO THE ACCUSED ATTEMPT TO NEGOTIATE

Sources said that before the family approached the police, relatives of the accused approached the family of the survivor. With the help of a few influential people, they tried to reach out but failed.

CRITICAL EVIDENCE FOUND

Last Sunday, the police team found crucial evidence in the car, and a detailed forensic report is awaited.

The police also recovered clothing that the accused was wearing at the time of the offence.

NO PREVIOUS LINK

So far, during the investigation, no prior interaction between the accused and the survivor has been found. They had attended a paying party organized in a pub where they had acquaintances.

One of the young people had offered to drive her home, then had taken her to a café with her four friends.

RECORDED SURVIVOR STATEMENT

On Monday, a magistrate recorded the statement of the survivor under article 164 of the CrPC.

The police will pursue the case based on the facts revealed in the statement made before the bailiff.

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