Two days after a 21-year-old woman alleged she was gangraped in a moving car, police arrested her along with her friend for making a false complaint to extort money, said police. The woman and her friend were arrested after police allowed a sting operation to be conducted to get to the truth. “This sting was allowed because the brother of one of the men accused of rape provided an audio clipping in which the woman’s friend is heard asking for Rs 15 lakh to settle the matter,” said a source.
Incidentally, police also found during the probe the woman lodged a gangrape complaint at Anand Vihar police station four months ago, but became hostile while recording her statement before a magistrate. The woman and her 24-year-old friend were held this time when they were returning after she changed her statement before a magistrate after taking money from the family members of the men she had accused of gangraping her.
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DCP (south-east) M S Randhawa told The Indian Express, “She had registered a case of gangrape after claiming that she was abducted and gangraped by three persons in a moving car. We started our investigation and found she was in Hauz Khas village where she had noted down the car number. She later followed the car in her car till Mukarba Chowk and later came to Indraprastha Park, from where she made a call (to the police) only to extort money from the men who had gone to Murthal.”
At 3.25 am on Saturday, police had received a call from the woman, who claimed three persons raped her and abandoned her. “On the basis of the car number she provided, police detained two of the alleged suspects,” said a police officer. After being provided the audio clip of the woman’s friend negotiating a deal to ‘settle the matter’, ACP Anil Kumar Yadav informed senior officers and police decided to help the relatives of the two detained men conduct the sting operation, the officer added.
The relative of one of the two men used a body worn camera for the sting operation. “A deal was struck with the woman’s friend for Rs 10 lakh. He was given Rs 50,000 as a token amount. He assured the woman would change her statement and sought the rest of the money, but was told it would be given after she changed her statement,” said the officer.
On Monday, the woman changed her statement before a magistrate, claiming the car was the same, but the suspects detained were not the ones who raped her, said the officer. “She came from court and headed home with her friend after collecting Rs 9.5 lakh from relatives of the two men. Both were arrested,” the officer added.