NEW DELHI: A day after the news of a gang-rape of a girl in her 20s shamed India, law enforcers in Delhi have arrested four suspects and recovered CCTV footage of the bus.
Delhi Police said they have detained four men suspected to be involved in the alleged rape. Two buses have also been impounded.
“We cannot divulge names of the detained people and the place from where they were picked up as the investigation is underway,” said a police official at Vasant Vihar police station.
The official added that police have recovered CCTV footage of the bus from the Gurgaon toll plaza and are likely to release it.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, appalled at the girl’s condition, said: “Strict action will be taken against her attackers. The transport department has told me that the licence of the bus has been cancelled and strict action would be taken not only against the White Line bus but also to prevent any such incidents.”
Meanwhile, the 23-year-old who was raped by a bunch of men in a moving bus is battling for life at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi.
Reports said the girl’s condition has deteriorated and she is on ventilator with grave injuries to her stomach and intestines. She bore signs of being beaten with a blunt object.
SN Makwana, public relations officer at Safdarjung Hospital, told IANS that the girl condition was critical.
Delhi police official said the horrific incident took place when the young couple reached Munirka in south Delhi around 9.15 pm Sunday after watching a movie and boarded a stationary bus to go to Dwarka.
Around five to seven men in the bus, including the driver and conductor, allegedly misbehaved with the woman. When the boyfriend intervened, he was brutally beaten up with iron rods. She was then sexually assaulted in the moving bus.
The girl and her boyfriend were then thrown out of the bus under Mahipalpur flyover in south Delhi. The assailants also snatched their mobiles.
A toll plaza patrol vehicle spotted the girl and her friend and called the police, who took them to Safdarjung Hospital around 12.15 a.m. Monday.
The woman’s ordeal, a police officer said, lasted for 45 long minutes.
Deepak Tripathi, the anguished uncle of the young man, said five to six men attacked the two.
“When my nephew tried to save the girl, he was beaten with iron rods,” he said. “The girl was then gang-raped.”
The young woman, who belongs to Ballia in Uttar Pradesh, was interning at a hospital here for some months. She lives in Mahavir Enclave in west Delhi.
Doctors said she had grave injuries on the stomach and intestine, and she bore signs of having been beaten with a blunt object.
The girl, who is from Ballia in Bihar and presently lives in Mahavir Enclave in west Delhi’s Uttam Nagar, has completed her para-medical course from Dehradun and is doing an internship at a city hospital.
The girl’s male friend is from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and lives in South Delhi’s Ber Sarai area. He is a B.Tech from Meerut and is preparing for the civil services.