German woman assaulted in Chandigarh, cops look for guilty

September 29th, 2008 - 7:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Sep 29 (IANS) Police in Chandigarh were Monday working to identify the “five or six” men who allegedly molested and assaulted a German woman they held captive for 12 hours after abducting her from the upscale Taj hotel here. The incident took place early Sunday when five to six men in a black Scorpio SUV allegedly kidnapped the 20-year-old tourist from the parking lot of the Taj in Chandigarh’s commercial hub Sector 17.

The woman, in the city to attend the wedding of a Germany-based NRI, has complained that she was taken to a room where she was raped, beaten and threatened. About 12 hours later, around 3 p.m. Sunday, a white Maruti dropped her in Sector 20, close to the hotel.

The unidentified youth have been booked for attempt to rape, illegal confinement and intimidation.

S.S. Srivastava, the city’s senior superintendent of police, said: “From the medical report available with us so far, no rape has taken place. We have sent further samples for forensic examination.”

Srivastava said the woman had arrived at the hotel around 2 a.m. Sunday. She told the police that one youth started talking to her in the parking lot; later, he and the others bundled her into the Scorpio.

“She was driven around for some time and later taken to a room where they molested her and attempted to rape her. She was also beaten up before being dropped in a white Maruti car in Sector 20 Sunday afternoon,” he said.

“We also tried to collect clues with the help of CCTV cameras installed at the hotel from where the young tourist was abducted but these were not of much help,” the SSP added.

Police has traced the registration number of the Scorpio to Haryana. “We are also trying to establish the details of the white Maruti car that dropped her back in Sector 20,” said a police official.

Sketches of the youth involved - based on descriptions by the German woman - have been made and raids are being conducted in an effort to nab the guilty. Police officials said the German embassy had been informed in New Delhi and they were sending an official to Chandigarh to help the victim.

The alleged abduction from a high-security hotel of the city, which is frequented by several VIPs and celebrities and has round the clock private and police security, has left the local police here embarrassed.

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