A sub-inspector (S-I), posted with the crime branch unit of Baghpat police, allegedly raped a 31-year-old divorced woman at his official flat on Bagpat Reserve Police Lines campus on Friday. The S-I is absconding after a case on charges of rape and wrongful confinement of the victim was registered against him late on Friday.
The medical examination of the victim was conducted Saturday and its report is awaited.
The police will get her statement recorded before the magistrate after the medical report is received.
A native of Baghpat, the victim lives in Meerut in a rented accommodation along with her two children and does odd jobs.
Kotwali police station SHO Anil Kumar said the victim told she came in contact of S-I Suraj Singh (52) in October last year when the latter was the station officer (SO) at Chhaprauli police station in Baghpat. She also said a theft had taken place in the victim’s house in which her jewellery were stolen and she had suspected the role of her younger brother in it. A case was then registered with the Chhaprauli police station.
Following her request, the police did not arrest her brother. She, however, was visiting the police station to get her stolen jewellery recovered. She also said the then SO Suraj Singh, too, used to call her frequently.
Around a month ago, the woman’s brother died of some illness and she had been asking the police to search her brother’s house.
The SHO said the victim on Thursday evening alleged that S-I Suraj Singh, who was transferred to crime branch a few weeks ago, called her and claimed to have recovered her stolen jewellery. He asked her to meet him.
Baghpat circle officer (CO) M P Singh said the woman told the police she came to meet him Thursday night when Singh forcibly made her sit in his car and drove it to his residence at Baghpat police lines. Singh allegedly raped her at his flat issuing life threats that night and even locked her inside his flat before leaving Friday morning.
The CO added the woman called to Police Control Room from her cellphone seeking help and a police team arrived at the spot and rescued her.
Meanwhile, Singh also reached his house and assaulted the woman in the presence of the police. Before the police could get the details of the matter, the accused escaped.
A case was later registered against the S-I on the woman’s complaint.