Two Assam natives have been arrested in connection with the rape of an employee of a Bangalore-based IT company at a leading resort at Pozhiyoor near here in the wee hours of November 28. Both the arrested were workers of a pest-control and cleaning firm engaged by the resort. The duo have been identified as Lakhi Nath, 20, of Sonwalkachara in Jorhat district and Presona Gam, 22, of Thungari. According to T’Puram Rural SP A J Thomas Kutty, the two had admitted to their role in the crime. He said that there were marks of the victim’s nails on the accused and parts of a bracelet belonging to Lakhi Nath was recovered from the crime spot.
The male hair stands recovered from the spot were sent for forensics examination to compare them with the DNA samples of the accused. The 40-year-old woman, hailing from West Bengal, is also expected to come down to the city soon to identify the two who were arrested. ‘’The accused would be charged under IPC 376 (D) for gang rape,’’ Neyyatinkara DySP Y R Restum, who headed the probe, said. The police said that the two were employed by Kottayam-based Crows Pest Management company. However, Lakhi has been working at the resort for the past two months and Presona for nearly two years.
The victim was part of a 30-member team from the IT firm. They checked in at the resort by November 27 noon. Both the Assamese youth, who noticed the woman staying alone in the room, loosened the screws of the hinges of the balcony door while cleaning.
According to the police, the duo made their first attempt to enter the room around 1 a.m. As the victim woke up on hearing the noise, they managed to hide in the balcony till around 2.30 a.m. Later, after entering the room, both of them raped her. After overpowering the woman, Lakhi raped her while Presona held her tightly. The two managed to escape when the woman screamed and kicked Lakhi, the police said.
Though the police initially suspected two other resort employees, their DNA did not match with that of the hair strands recovered from the spot.