The prime accused in the Park Street gangrape case, Kader Khan, has been arrested from Ghaziabad district in Uttar Pradesh on Friday by a special team of Kolkata Police. Khan is one of the five accused in the gangrape of Suzette Jordan (37) on February 5, 2012. She was raped by five men in a moving car after they offered her lift to her house from a night club situated at famous Park Street in Kolkata. She died of encephalitis in March 2015.
Kader along with his accomplice Ali Khan was arrested by a special team of Kolkata Police in a joint operation with Delhi Police from their hideout in an apartment in Ghaziabad on Thursday night, the officer said. Sources in Kolkata Police said the duo would be brought to Kolkata on transmit remand and likely be produced at a local court on Saturday.
Acting on a tip off that Kader, absconding since the incident, sleuths of Kolkata Police started tracking his mobile calls, he said. Soon after he was located somewhere near New Delhi, sleuths started zeroing on him. On Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar’s instruction, a special team was formed to nab Kader.
“We had information that Khan has returned to the country and was having regular interaction with his family members in Kolkata over phone. We started tracking their numbers and found that calls from a particular number from Ghaziabad were made… We started tracking it and found that it was Kader’s,” the officer said, adding that Kader had rented the apartment in Ghaziabad under a psuedo name. It was learnt that Kader was hiding in Bangladesh and after running out of cash he returned to Delhi through Nepal.
After keeping him under surveillance for almost a week, a joint team of Delhi Police and Kolkata Police team raided his hideout and arrested him, the IPS officer said.
A few days later when the victim filed her complaint, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had termed the
incident as “sajano ghatana” (fabricated case), triggering a controversy.
Damayanti Sen, the then Kolkata Police Joint Commissioner (crime) had pursued the case and identified the five accused. She was later shunted out from her post. Three of the five accused were arrested and two including prime accused Kader Khan absconded.
Nine months after the victim died of meningitis in March 2015, the city sessions court had convicted the accused
persons — Ruman Khan, Naser Khan and Sumit Bajaj — and sentenced them to 10 years rigorous imprisonment.