Six people have been arrested after a Delhi-based Keralite woman was allegedly gang-raped by 23 men on the outskirts of Bikaner in Rajasthan.
The 28-year-old woman lodged a complaint with a police station in Bikaner on September 27, alleging that she was raped by 23 men after being abducted from the Bikaner-Jaipur highway, where she had gone to check on a plot she owns.
"The woman originally hails from Kerala and lives in Delhi with her husband. She often visits Bikaner to trade in bangles and claimed to have bought a plot there two years ago," PTI quoted Bikaner SP Swai Singh Godara as saying.
The accused have been identified as Bhanwar Lal (27), Subhash Lal (27), Manoj Ram (23), Raju Ram (20), Madan Lal (22) and Jugal Kishore (24) of Bikaner. Two of the arrested have divulged crucial details in the case, the SP claimed.
"Two men, during their interrogation, said that they had offered to drop her to the city and a deal, involving a middleman, was fixed at Rs 2,500. Apart from the middleman, the names of eight accused have surfaced in the case," Godara said.
Sadar DSP Rajendra Singh said the accused were produced before a court which sent them to a three-day police remand. A few more arrests are likely in the case, he added
Police have also registered the statement of the woman. According to the FIR, the woman was waiting for transport near Khatu Shyam Temple on the Jaipur road at 2.30 pm when Subhash and Raju Ram allegedly dragged her into an SUV.
The victim claimed that the two men drove her around for several hours and repeatedly raped her in the vehicle. Later, they called in six others who also assaulted her.
She was then taken to a government power sub-station in Palana village where more men allegedly assaulted her. Two men dropped her around 4 am the next day at the same spot from where she was picked up a day earlier, the FIR added.