The Goa police probing the sexual assault on two tourists from Delhi have seized an MMS clip from the five accused who were arrested on Tuesday. The clip allegedly shows the victims posing as drug peddlers and involved in flesh trade. The taxi driver, who lodged the complaint with the police, said the women were assaulted and forced to say that they were involved in prostitution.
“The accused first took us to an apartment in Arpora village where we were assaulted with wooden sticks. They punched and kicked us and demanded money,” the driver said. “Around midnight, they took us back in my cab. They instructed the women to say they were prostitutes and asked us to hold some packets saying that we were involved in drug business. They then filmed everything,” he said.
On June 2, five men — Ajaykumar Kushwaha ( 39), Jeevan Pawar (26), Nadeem Khan (28), Trebor Joseph (27) and Kamlesh Chaudhary (21) — were arrested by Goa police on charges of gangrape, kidnapping and robbery.
According to the driver, on June 1, around 7 pm, he picked up the victims from outside their hotel. The duo wanted to go to Bagha beach.
En route, the cab was stopped by the accused who were posing as policemen. “I was driving the vehicle when I saw a few bikes following us in my rear-view mirror. I initially ignored them and drove on the left side to give way but they suddenly surrounded my cab,” he said.
“They then claimed they were policemen from the CID and Narcotics Cell of Goa Police and took us to a resort,” he said.
The driver claimed that the accused brutally assaulted them. “Suddenly in the middle of the night they brought us down and asked us to get into the cab. They then instructed the women to say that they were into flesh trade and I was asked to say that I was ferrying them to their customer,” he said.
“We were then taken back to the room where the assault continued. After a while they searched my pockets and took away my wallet. There was an ATM card and they withdrew Rs 10,000 from it. Around 1.30 am, I was allowed to go but warned not to approach the police.
I was asked to get in touch with the victims’ parents and get Rs 1.5 lakh as ransom. Left with no option, I agreed… The victims were then shifted to a resort in Calangute where they were sexually abused,” he said.
However, in the morning, he lodged a complaint with police. The police asked him to tell the accused he had the money and to call them to a location in Calangute. One of the accused, who was tasked to recce the location, was nabbed by police. He then helped the police get to his associates.