Two persons arrested in connection with the gangrape of a 51-year-old Danish tourist were today remanded in police custody for three days by a Delhi court.
Mahender alias Ganja and Mohammed Raza were arrested late last evening and were produced before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sudhanshu Kaushik, who allowed the custodial interrogation of the duo till Janaury 20 after the police said their quizzing was necessary to apprehend six others involved in the crime. Investigators said eight accused, who are vagabonds, had allegedly gangraped and looted the Danish woman at knife-point on January 14 night. "...since the recovery is to be affected and remaining co-accused are yet to be arrested, so the accused persons are remanded in police custody till January 20," the court said.
Delhi Police had sought seven days remand of the accused, saying they have to recover the looted articles. However, the court said the police should try to catch them in three days. "If you (police) are not able to nab them, then we will think about it on January 20," the judge said. Public Prosecutor said that all the absconding accused are vagabonds, who do not have permanent addresses, therefore, it would be difficult to arrest them in three days.
The police have booked the accused persons under sections 376 (2)(G) (gangrape), 397 (robbery or dacoity, with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) and 392 (robbery) of the IPC. The victim, who had come to India on January 1, lost her way to her hotel in Paharganj on Tuesday following which she approached a group of six men asking for directions. They took her to a secluded place, robbed her of her belongings and took turns to rape her at knife point, she told the police.
"On January 14 she had gone to visit a museum near Connaught Place. On her way back to the hotel at around 4 pm, she lost her way.
As she was looking for directions, a group of men waylaid her, took her to a secluded place where they first robbed her cash, iPad and other valuables at knife-point and then took turns to rape her," the victim told the police. The duo were arrested after police recovered an i-pod, ear plug, nokia mobile worth Rs 1,200 (purchased out of robbed cash), Rs 800 cash from Mahender's possession during the probe.
The woman has returned to Denmark after recording her statement, police said.