Woman alleges gang rape on Ghaziabad road, 1 held after gunfight

  • | Monday | 4th December, 2023

GHAZIABAD: A man was arrested after a gunfight on Sunday for allegedly raping a 23-year-old woman along with two of his friends near an isolated stretch in Tronica City last week.Junaid, a resident of Khanpur, fired at a police team after he was asked to stop near a forest area in his village. When the cops retaliated, he was hit in the leg.On Thursday evening, the 23-year-old woman - a Delhi resident who works at a toy factory in Tronica City - had accompanied her friend for a ride in her newly bought scooter after their shift ended.A man - believed to be the boyfriend of the woman who had bought the scooter - joined them a little later. While the two went for a ride, the 23-year-old Delhi resident waited by the deserted road, scrolling through her phone screen.Junaid and two other village youths, police said, first stopped the two friends who were riding the scooter at a distance. They accused the two of getting too intimate by the road and allegedly beat them up. After the attackers got to know that the two were from the same community as them, they allegedly turned their attention to the other woman waiting a few metres away."They ran towards me and caught me before I could understand anything. When I tried to resist and raise an alarm, they took me behind the bushes. The three took turns to rape me. I shouted, but no one came to my rescue," the woman said in her complaint at Tronica City police station.The miscreants fled after they saw a car coming towards them. The woman returned home with her friends and narrated her ordeal to her parents. According to police sources, there were five men in the group. While three allegedly raped the woman, the two others overpowered her friends and kept a watch on the road. DCP (rural) Vivek Yadav said police lodged an FIR under Section 376D (gang rape) of the IPC and started scanning CCTV footage to identify the accused."The woman was shown a few video clips and she identified some of the accused. On Sunday evening, we received a tip-off about Junaid and sent a police team to a forested area in his village. Seeing the cops, he fired a few shots at them and started to run. When the police team fired back, he was hit in the leg. He was taken to a hospital for treatment and is stable now," Yadav told TOI.The officer said teams had been formed to arrest the other accused.

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