Delhi rape case: Both Pradeep,Manoj raped minor girl,police tells court

Manoj was arrested from his in-laws' house and Pradeep from his uncle's residence.

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Published: April 23, 2013 4:08:26 pm

The second accused in the alleged gangrape of a five-year-old girl was today sent to four-day police custody by a city court which was told by the Delhi Police that both he and accomplice Manoj Kumar had raped the minor.

Additional Sessions Judge Sanjay Garg remanded 19-year-old Pradeep Kumar,who was arrested from Bihar yesterday and brought here on transit remand,to police custody till April 27 after the police said he had to be interrogated to unearth the sequence of events.

Amid high security,Pradeep was brought to the court in muffled face.

While main accused Manoj,who is at present in judicial custody,had told the agency that not he but Pradeep had assaulted the girl sexually,the police today told the court that both of them had raped the minor.

The court had asked the probe agency if both the accused had raped the child to which the police officials replied in the affirmative.

“Yes,both had raped the girl,” the prosecutor said.

The court also issued for tomorrow production warrant for Manoj as the police said it needed to confront him with Pradeep.

Pradeep was produced before ASJ Garg since he is presiding officer of the special court under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and both the accused have been booked under provisions of this Act.

Seeking eight-day custody of Pradeep,the prosecution said they had to recover the mobile phones used by them and since their investigation is mid-way,some new facts might emerge during their interrogation.

During the proceedings,the prosecutor said they would tomorrow seek custody of Manoj who was earlier sent to judicial custody.

As Pradeep was being taken out from the court complex,a large group of lawyers and litigants heckled him and the police.

Pradeep,who was named by Manoj,was apprehended from Barahiya village in Bihar’s Lakhisarai district late last night from his maternal uncle’s residence.

Manoj,who was arrested on Saturday from Muzaffarpur in Bihar,had told police during interrogation that Pradeep was also involved in the crime.

They are accused of brutally raping the five-year-old girl on April 15 in a building in east Delhi’s Gandhinagar locality where the victim and accused lived.

The girl was rescued 40 hours later on April 17 and is now recuperating at the AIIMS.

Manoj had told his interrogators that on April 15,his friend Pradeep had come to his house and they had consumed alcohol.

Manoj claimed that Pradeep insisted on bringing a girl to the house and he went out and lured the girl with a chocolate. Manoj also told police that he had not sexually assaulted the girl.

He had also claimed that they fled from the house after strangulating her to avoid being identified later and thought that she was dead.

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