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Two model co-ordinators arrested from Mumbai

The woman can only recall being given fruit juice and has a faint recollection of being assaulted by five men.

The Hyderabad police, which is probing the case of a dancer who was gangraped after being given a spiked drink, have arrested two model co-ordinators from Mumbai. The duo, identified as Happy D’souza and Ajay Sharma alias Ali, have been booked under several sections of IPC and Criminal Amendment Act, 2013.

With these two booked, police have arrested five persons including three Hyderabad residents identified as Venkan Raju, a milk supplier, Ravi, garage mechanic, and Hari Krishna, supervisor at the milk depot in connection with the case.

According to the victim’s statement, she woke up in a luxury bus on January 2 and realised she was wearing her clothes inside-out. She had also found a bus ticket in her coat pocket.

The woman had gone to Hyderabad on New Year’s eve for a dance performance, for which she was to receive a payment of Rs 1 lakh. On her arrival there, she was taken to a hotel, 30 minutes from the airport, by her co-ordinators. She can only recall being given fruit juice and has a faint recollection of being assaulted by five men.

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The woman had told police that one of the rapists was mute. The Hyderabad police tracked the accused based on the calls the victim had received. Hyderabad police said Raju allegedly confessed that he contacted a commercial sex worker for a woman who could give him and his accomplices a “good time”. The sex worker put him in touch with model co-ordinator D’Souza. D’Souza and Ali then got in touch with another model co-ordinator who proposed the woman’s name. “Through a nexus of model co-ordinators, the woman was brought to Hyderabad under the pretext of a show,” said D Raju, deputy commissioner of police (Hyderabad).

Happy and Ali received the woman at the airport. She was then allegedly drugged and raped by the five. Police found out that D’Souza did not utter a word in fear that the woman would identify his voice as he had spoke to her over the phone. This led the woman into believing he was mute.

“We have asked the Mumbai police to probe if this is a part of a bigger racket, “ said D Raju, deputy commissioner of police (Hyderabad).

megha.sood@expressindia.com

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