Kolkata: Three persons were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the sensational gangrape of a young woman in a moving car in the city’s posh satellite township Salt Lake, police said. The three – all drivers by profession – were picked up from Haroa in North 24 Parganas district, said Bidhannagar Police Commissioner Javed Shamim. The woman, in her twenties, was sexually assaulted early on Monday allegedly by four youths – the manner of the crime acting as a chilling reminder of the Park street gangrape case where an Anglo-Indian woman was the victim in 2012.
“One of the culprits is still absconding. We carried out raids, but couldn’t get him. Hopefully, we’ll be able to arrest him soon,” said Shamim. He said the three youths – Suvendu Nag, Sourav Dey and Arnab Bera – have been brought to Bidhannagar for interrogation. The commissioner claimed that police have been able to establish the linkage of the trio with the crime. “In the next stage, we will ask for the test identification (TI) parade of the accused.”
While Nag was a resident of Chowbaga in the city’s eastern fringes, the other two were from Beliaghata in northeast Kolkata. Police zeroed in on the three youths on the basis of the footage from a CCTV close to the scene of the crime and by tracking their mobile phones. The vehicle in which the crime was done has also been impounded and will be subjected to forensic tests. It was taken from a car rental agency.
The culprits allegedly forced the woman, staying at Baguiati in northeast Kolkata, into the vehicle in the Sector V area of Salt Lake. The victim, who had come to the city some time back, wanted to go to a local restaurant, but reportedly got confused with the route and landed in the Sector V area. The woman asked the youths about the correct direction when she saw them arriving in the area in a car. They offered her a lift, and sped off the moment she boarded it. She was then raped in the running vehicle and then bumped off on to the street near Baishakhi housing complex. A police patrol and local residents found her in an unconscious state and took her to a local hospital.
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