India: Key accused in Park Street gang rape case arrested in Delhi after 4 years
Besides Kader Khan, the police arrested another person, Ali, who was accompanying Khan while he was hiding in the capital.(Representative Image) Photograph: (Getty)
About four years after 2012 Park Street gang rape case in eastern Indian city of Kolkata sent shockwaves across the country, the key accused was arrested in Delhi on Thursday night.
Apart from the main accused, Kader Khan, the police arrested another person, Ali, who was accompanying Khan while he was hiding in the national capital, said officials. The two will be produced before a local court and will be brought to Kolkata on transit remand.
"We had specific inputs that Kader along with his close aid, Ali had put up at their relative's house in Ghaziabad. A joint team comprising Delhi Police and Kolkata Police's members arrested him. He is being brought to Kolkata and will be produced before the court here," a senior officer of Kolkata police informed.
The trial in the controversial case was over in December 2015 and Naser Khan, Ruman Khan and Sumit Bajaj were held guilty. The court sentenced them to a term of 10 years in jail. Of the 10 years, the three have already spent four years in jail.
In the intervening night of February 20, 2012, Suzette Jordan, who decided to reveal her identity after the incident, was raped in a moving car on Park Street in the West Bengal capital. Later, she fought for her rights and stood next to other rape victims and survivors. She took up anti-rape campaigns and emerged as a women's rights activist.
The gang rape case took a controversial turn when chief minister of the eastern Western Bengal state dubbed the incident as 'sajano ghotona', meaning that the incident was staged.
The victim, however, could not see justice delivered to her. She died of meningitis last year.