A 24-year-old bar employee, who was returning home after a late night shift was allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped by five persons when she took a lift in their car from the Mehrauli-Gurugram (MG) road, the police said on Wednesday.
The incident happened in the early hours of Monday.
According to the police, the three accused, who gave her a lift, allegedly took her to Jhajjar district, 50 kms away, where two other men joined and all five allegedly took turns to rape her. The victim was allegedly held captive and sexually assaulted till morning.
The accused then threw her out of the car somewhere in Farukhnagar (Haryana) and rode away from the spot. A police team rescued her around 6.35 a.m. on Monday after she called for help.
The 24-year-old victim resides in Delhi and works in a Gurugram bar.
In her police complaint, the victim told the police that ‘around 3 a.m. after a late night job shift she was on her way back to home and was waiting for transport on the MG Road opposite Sahara Mall’.
“The three culprits came in a car, stopped near me. I told them I had to go to Dwarka Mod, and they aggreed.
“They told me that they too are going towards Dwarka Mod. When I asked the driver about the other two persons in the car, he said they will get down at IFFCO Chowk. So I boarded the cab. They, however, instead of heading for Delhi, took the cab on the expressway. When I asked where they were taking me, they threatened and molested me. One of the accused told me that they were in the Patoda village in Jhajjar district and took the car to the field and raped me. They then dumped me on the road and sped away,” she said.
“They were calling each other Pankaj, Manoj and Vicky and I am not aware the name of others,” she told the police.
She somehow managed to reach Farukhnagar and informed the police.
After getting the information, a police team from Gurugram reached the spot and rushed her to the hospital for medical examination which confirmed rape.
On the basis of her complaint, an FIR was registered against the culprits under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the Women police station in Manesar.
The police claimed that the three who drove her have been identified and will be nabbed soon.
“We have recorded her statement. The accused have been identified who are natives of Jhajjar district. We are conducting raids and they will be arrested soon,” said inspector Poonam Hooda, SHO of women police station, Manesar.
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A shipwreck off the coast of southeast Tunisia killed at least 41 people, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said in a joint statement.
The UN agencies said in the statement issued on Friday that three survivors have been rescued and the search effort was still underway, reports Xinhua news agency.
Based on initial information, the UN agencies said that all those who died were from Sub-Saharan Africa.
“This tragic loss of life underscores once again the need to enhance and expand state-led search and rescue operations across the Central Mediterranean, where some 290 people have lost their lives so far this year,” said the statement.
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Babagana Umara Zulum, governor of the restive state of Borno, told reporters on Friday during he confirmed the toll from Tuesday’s attack during a visit to Damasak, reports Xinhua news agency.
“The UN humanitarian hub, private residential houses, a police station, a primary healthcare centre were among properties destroyed,” said Zulum.
He said he visited Damasak to fully assess the extent of damage and interact well with security officials involved in the counter-insurgency operations in the town, adding measures were put in place to forestall future attacks.
Boko Haram has been trying to establish an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria since 2009.
The terror group has also extended its attacks to other countries in the Lake Chad Basin.
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The Indian Navy recovered the bodies of three missing fishermen from the sea off the coast of Mangaluru in Karnataka on Friday.
The Navy will resume its search and rescue operation on Saturday to find the remaining six missing fishermen.
“Indian Naval Ship Nireekshak recovers three bodies of missing fishermen from the IFB ‘Rabah’ ship, to enter Mangalore port on Friday midnight to hand over the bodies,” the Indian Navy stated.
The Navy has deployed its surface and air assets for the Search and Rescue (SAR) operation launched for the missing fishermen in the sea off the coast of Mangaluru.
“It was reported that an Indian fishing boat, IFB Rabah, with 14 fishermen had suffered a collision with a Singapore flag merchant ship, MV APL Le Havre, 40 nautical miles west of Mangaluru at about 2 am on April 13,” the Navy said.
The boat IFB Rabah had set off from Beypore in Kozhikode district in Kerala on Sunday evening.
The India Coast Guard (ICG) confirmed the rescue of two crew members after an operation that began on Tuesday. After Wednesday, the Indian Navy was roped in for the search and rescue operation.
Indian Naval ships along with naval aircraft from Goa have been deployed in the area to augment the search and rescue efforts of the Coast Guard vessels.
While two rescued fishermen have been shifted to safety ashore, six bodies have been recovered thus far. The search is on for the remaining six fishermen.
To assist in the rescue efforts, INS Subhadra, a patrol vessel, was sailed from Karwar along with a diving team.
The ship arrived on the scene in the early hours of April 14.
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