The Gurgaon Police began planning the operation to free two women — who were allegedly held hostage at the residence of a diplomat from Saudi Arabia — after receiving a letter from the Nepal Embassy on Monday.
The letter, sent to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and commissioner of police, Gurgaon, stated that two Nepalese nationals had been detained in an apartment in the city. “The embassy would, therefore, highly appreciate it if the esteemed ministry could kindly look into the matter for necessary rescue and repatriation of the said national,” it stated.
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The embassy had been informed about the women’s plight by Bal Krishna Pandey, convener of NGO Maiti Nepal India. “Another woman, who had been sent to work in the same apartment, managed to escape within three days. She shared the women’s ordeal with us and with the embassy, after which they wrote to the MEA and the police,” he said.
Gurgaon police chief Navdeep Singh Virk said, “Preliminary investigation has revealed that the accused was a diplomat and was living with his family members at Caitriona Towers, Ambience Lagoon.”
A case has been registered under sections 376 D (gangrape), 376 (rape), 377 (unnatural rape), 342 (wrongful confinement), 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 323 (causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC. The diplomat, his wife, two others from Saudi Arabia and some others have been listed as accused in the FIR.