KOLKATA: Nine months after being pronounced guilty by a Kolkata sessions court, 2012 Park Street gangrape case prime accused Kader Khan and co-accused Ali Khan were nabbed by a Special Team of Kolkata police from Greater Noida in NCR on Thursday night.
The two convicts were tracked through tapping of their relatives' phones. The duo were absconding since the past 4 and a half years. "Kader Khan's relatives got many phone calls from NCR. On investigation it was found that Kader and Ali were hiding in Ghaziabad under fake names. They were living in a rented house with the help of a relative for the past 6 months. A special team was formed to arrest the duo," a police official said.
"Kolkata police sleuths followed the duo since the past 10 days. On Thursday, the duo went to Delhi for attending a birthday party. While returning back to Ghaziabad, Kolkata police arrested them," the official added.
Sources said the convicts in absentia had their appearances changed so that they are not recognised easily.
The two convicts would be brought to Kolkata on Friday and produced in court.
All the five Park Street were found guilty under sections 376 (2) (g) (gangrape), 120B (criminal conspiracy) 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention) of IPC.
Convicts Sumit Bajaj and Kader Khan's brothers Ruman Khan and Naseer Khan are already serving their sentences since Dec 11, 2015.
Rape victim Suzette Jordan died of multiple organ failure on March 13, 2015. The mother of two was gangraped on a moving car in Park Street in central Kolkata on February 2, 2012.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had first tried to downplay the incident saying it was a 'manufactured incident' to malign her government but has to acted after facing public backlash.