Jammu: In a script straight from a Bollywood thriller, a man accused of attempt to rape fled in a state helicopter used by the Chief Minister and other VVIPs after he conned the police in Rajouri by mingling with accident victims being airlifted to Jammu.
Parvez Ahmed, who masqueraded as an injured passenger, also managed to get the initial ex-gratia compensation of Rs.5,000 given to accident victims before he boarded the aircraft in Rajouri for Jammu in full view of senior civil and police officers.
As he reached Jammu, while the victims were being taken to hospital, he disappeared and later returned to Manjakote where he was arrested, DIG Rajouri-Poonch range, Danish Rana said, adding the money was recovered from him.
The state chopper, also used by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, was requisitioned by the district administration to shift people who had sustained serious in a road accident at Manoorgala in Kandi area on Friday to the Government Medical College Hospital at Jammu.
The victims had first been taken to the district hospital in Rajouri town, about 150 km from here, where Parvez had got admitted the same day for treatment of deep scratches on his face suspected to have been inflicted by the victim.
When he saw some of them being shifted out, he joined the injured lot without raising any suspicion.
"Parvez Ahmed managed to get free helicopter ride from Rajouri to Jammu and also got initial compensation of Rs 5,000 paid to the injured passengers", Rana said.
On March 8, a woman had lodged a complaint at the Manjakote police station that Parvez had attempted to rape her and a case was registered against him.
"Parvez had received several scratches while attempting rape on the woman-- there were lots of scratches on his face-- he fled from the spot and got himself admitted in the district hospital at Rajouri," Rana said.
"In the meantime, we had a serious accident in Rajouri and police was evacuating the injured to the district hospital where Parvez was admitted," he said.
Fifteen people were killed on Friday and 24 others injured when a bus in which they were travelling rolled down into a deep gorge in Rajouri district.
The passenger bus, which was on its way from Kandi to Rajouri, had skidded off the road and plunged into the deep gorge at Mandir Gala area in the district.
"Somehow Parvez managed to get into the helicopter by masquerading as an injured passenger on the recommendation of the doctors. They were the one who gave the names of the serious patients to be airlifted," Rana said.
He said when police asked doctors whether 25-year-old Parvez was critical, they were told that has internal injuries.
As he reached Jammu, he vanished from the spot and instead of getting hospitalised returned back to Manjakote, Rana said, adding he was then arrested.
A case of attempt to rape has already been registered, he said.
SSP Rajouri, Mubassir Latiffi said Parvez will also be booked for cheating, impersonation and other charges.