AHMEDABAD: The 22-year-old woman, who had alleged gang rape in a moving SUV here in March, today accused a senior police officer of "threatening" her to alter the FIR.
Talking to local news channels, the woman alleged that Joint Commissioner of Police J K Bhatt had threatened and pressurised her to convert the FIR lodged by her into a cheating case.
However, Ahmedabad Police Commissioner A K Singh said he had full faith in the investigating team. He said the police are only trying to resolve the contradictions that have emerged during the investigation of the case.
"I am being repeatedly summoned by the police. I am also being threatened and pressurised by (JCP) J K Bhatt to change the FIR. He accused me of lying and asked me to change the FIR to a cheating case. He (Bhatt) said that (the main) accused (Vrishabh) cannot do such an act. He is trying to defend the accused," the victim claimed.
She alleged that the officer posed vulgar questions to her and demanded that her statement be recorded before a magistrate.
Addressing a press conference, the police commissioner said the police have summoned and interrogated two of the three accused in the case and also recorded the statement of the victim.
"As the police commissioner, I have full faith in the investigating team. The track record of the investigating team is exemplary. We have taken the (gang rape) complaint made by the victim very seriously. I will probe into it and take corrective action," he told reporters.
The police commissioner said that the police also have a responsibility towards the accused and added that the due process of law will be followed.
In a complaint lodged with Satellite police station in Ahmedabad on Thursday last, the woman had claimed that four unidentified persons wearing masks had abducted her from Nehrunagar area of the city in March this year in an SUV and that two of them raped her and filmed the act to blackmail her.
The woman had also stated that she was abducted again in the same SUV by three of the four accused on June 27 night from Maninagar area and molested before she was allowed to go.
While releasing her, one of the accused had told her that she was raped and molested at the instance of her boyfriend, the complaint stated.
Police had booked seven persons, including two women and the boyfriend of the victim woman, under different sections of the IPC including abduction and rape.