Delhi gang-rape: Fifth accused apprehended

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 21, 2012 13:30 hrs

New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) A juvenile, detained from Uttar Pradesh's Badaun in connection with the gang-rape and torture of a 23-year-old in a moving bus here, was taken into custody after he was identified as the fifth accused, police said.

The seventeen-and-a-half-year-old juvenile was detained in a late night raid Thursday.

Police ascertained he was the fifth rapist after his confrontation with other four arrested accused, said a police officer.

A special team of Delhi Police was sent to Uttar Pradesh on the basis of secret information and the juvenile was apprehended from his hideout in Badaun after several raids conducted in different places there.

"The identity has been confirmed. As he claims he is a minor, we can not disclose more details about him. He will be taken to a juvenile justice home after the conformation that he is a minor," said the officer.

Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh also said it was yet to be confirmed whether the fifth apprehended accused was a minor.

The savage rape and torture occurred Sunday night when the woman and her male friend boarded a private bus, used for ferrying school children, in south Delhi after watching a movie.

The victim, battling for life at the Safdarjung Hospital here, was brutally assaulted in a moving bus. Her male friend who tried to save her was beaten by the rapists. Both were dumped by the roadside after some 40 minutes.

Four other accused were arrested Monday and Tuesday, and one is still absconding.

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