The survivor, who had come to Mussoorie to meet a friend, said she was assaulted in a private guest house in Suakoli area. The rapists took away the Rs 20,000 she had with her, along with her mobile phone. They raped her through the night, but she managed to escape early Friday morning.
The woman arrived at Mussoorie around 5.30pm on Thursday. “From Siliguri she came to Delhi and then to Mussoorie but despite many efforts, she could not contact her friend. She sat for some time at Hawa Ghar,” said city SP Ajay Singh. It was there that a person first came to her asking why she was sitting all alone. A little later, a man dressed in police uniform, who was driving a car, spoke to her and told her that he was going to Dehradun and would drop her there if she wanted.
The woman agreed, little knowing that three others would soon join the driver in the car and instead of coming to Dehradun they would take a detour to Suakoli.
“At the guest house, two more persons, who were on a motorcycle, joined them. They took turns to rape her in the lodge, which has four rooms,” said Singh, adding that they held her confined till the next morning when she managed to flee.
“The woman came out of the guest house in shock. A short distance away, a car had fallen into a gorge, killing four members of a family, and it was to a person standing at the accident site that she narrated her ordeal. He gave her his phone to contact police,” Singh said. She was then brought to Mussoorie police station, where she made her complaint.
Police immediately pulled up CCTV footage from the area and started investigations. A case under section 376 D (gang rape) and 392 (robbery) was registered against six unidentified persons. “Some people have been rounded up for questioning and we are confident that the case will be cracked soon,” said DIG-Dehradun Pushpak Jyoti. Circle officer Renu Lohani was called in to speak to the survivor. The city SP confirmed that two of the attackers were wearing “khaki dress” and that after initial probe, it was learnt they were not policemen but home guards or personnel of Prantiya Raksha Dal. Late at night, police confirmed that two home guards had been arrested.