A second-year Law student has been arrested from south Delhi’s Hauz Khas for allegedly threatening a woman and “showing her the middle finger”, after her car accidentally brushed against his, police said.
Additional DCP (south) Chinmoy Biswal said the accused has been identified as Raghav Gupta (21), a resident of Safdarjung Enclave. He was arrested on the basis of a complaint filed by the woman, and was later released on bail.
Police said the incident took place on October 28 when the woman, a teacher at a private institute, was driving to work.
“At the IIT traffic signal, her car slightly touched a grey Maruti Ciaz. She did not notice and drove ahead. However, the driver of the Ciaz was irked and began to follow her,” a senior police officer said.
The complainant alleged that a few minutes later, she noticed the Ciaz following her. The car then drove ahead and stopped in front of her vehicle, forcing her to halt, she alleged.
“A man got out and allegedly hurled abuses at the woman; he also flashed his middle finger at her. He threatened her with dire consequences,” an officer claimed, adding that the woman got scared and locked her car.
Initially, the accused walked towards her car, but stopped when he saw her making some calls, police said. The complainant noted down the car’s licence plate number and informed police.
“On the basis of the woman’s statement, a case was registered under IPC sections 354-D (stalking), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 506 (threatening) and 341 (wrongful restraint) at Hauz Khas police station,” the officer said.
After registering an FIR, police approached the transport authority to get details of the car owner.
“Police found that the car was registered in the name of a south-Delhi businessman. He was summoned for questioning. The businessman told police that the car was being driven by his son, Raghav. He was then asked to call his son,” the officer said.
On Friday, Raghav joined the investigation and was arrested after several rounds of questioning, police said.
“Raghav told police that the woman hit his car and when he tried to confront her, she sped away,” the officer said.