Sources said the woman did not want to file an FIR and only wanted some departmental action to be taken against the men. She was contacted by one of these two policemen two years ago as well, and she blocked him. After this, the policeman was suspended.
DCP (New Delhi) Madhur Verma said a case under IPC Section 354D (stalking) has been registered and the accused have been arrested. While one of them, Chandra Mohan (34), was arrested from the spot, his two other friends Lavkush and Santosh were arrested Friday.
Karthik allegedly threw petrol on Sandhya while she was walking home from work in Lalaguda area and set her on fire. Police said the duo had known each other for over two years when Karthik also worked in the same aluminium fabrication unit where Sandhya worked as a accountant-cum-receptionist.
Under the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013, stalking is a punishable offence under Section 354D of IPC, with jail of up to 3 years for first-time offenders. However, this law is believed to have a serious loophole – the first offence of stalking is “bailable”.