Police officers probing a case of kidnapping and molestation at Dhobi Ghat registered against Siraj Rehman Khan,24,an accused in the Shakti Mills gangrape case,on Thursday conceded that Khan was brought to Agripada police station on August 19 but was let off as the complainants backed out that night.
Khan was booked Wednesday night for kidnapping and molesting a 32-year-old TB patient on August 19. The victim was admitted to Kasturba Hospital on August 26,where she died a day later.
On Thursday morning,the Agripada police visited the scene of the crime at Dhobi Ghat.
The FIR was lodged on a complaint by the victims three daughters,who had earlier claimed that in the wee hours of August 19,Khan dragged their mother into a dark corner near the entrance to Dhobi Ghat,where he raped her. However,in their statements to Agripada police Wednesday,they said that they reached the spot in time to prevent Khan from raping their mother,the police said.
The victim and her daughters had come to the police station on August 19. They told the officers to just beat up Khan and give him a stern warning. So a complaint wasnt registered. The victim was so drunk that she couldnt tell us clearly what had happened, said Popat Tiwatane,assistant commissioner of police,Agripada division.
So far,there is nothing on record to suggest that the policemen on duty refused to lodge a complaint, he said.
The daughters of the victim,however,said they intended to get an FIR filed against Khan,but were dissuaded from lodging a complaint. A constable asked us,Tumko complaint karna hai kya? Nahi na? (you dont want to register a complaint,do you?) After that,my sister said no,just give him a warning, one of the daughters said.
She added,The woman constable also insulted my mother that night. She said my mother should be sent to an institution because of her drinking,and that she was ruining our lives.
Tiwatane dismissed these allegations as false.
The Agripada police will conduct a test identification parade on Khan in the fresh case against him,and will seek his custody once his judicial custody in the August 22 gangrape case lapses.