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Gangrape of Rajkot woman: Crime Branch arrests 2 of 5 accused


The Crime Branch has arrested Pragnesh Patel and Jitendrapuri Goswami, two of the five men accused of gangrape of a 23-year-old woman from Rajkot. 

The men were earlier arrested in a land encroachment case and were lodged in the Central Jail in Sabarmati.

The two were among the five men, who high on MD drugs, repeatedly raped a 23-year-old. The men lured the woman with a promise of a job and then raped her several times at different places, once even in a car. 

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They had also taken a video of the rape and used it to blackmail her to do her bidding. The woman after being tired of being constantly used, approached the Mahila police to file a complaint against the five men.

How the victim was lured and eventually gangraped?

As per a complaint registered with the Ahmedabad West Mahila Police station, the 23-year-old resident of Rajkot, Kavya (name changed) accused Pragnesh Patel, Jitendrapuri Goswami, Jaymin Patel, Maldev Bharwad and Neelam Patel of gangrape. All the accused are residents of Ahmedabad.

Maldev Bharwad approached Kavya through Snapchat and sent her a friend request. They then began to talk and Bharwad promised to get her a corporate job and even met her at the Radisson Blu cafe near Law Garden. There she met Pragnesh and Jitendrapuri. Both promised to get her a job.

They then called her to Abu to introduce her to their friend who was into corporate event management. He then told her that his friend had gone to Udaipur and so made her stay at the Radisson Blu hotel. There they laced her drink with drugs and once unconscious raped her.

They took pictures and videos of the same. When Kavya created a ruckus in the morning after finding herself naked with the men, they apologised and convinced her to stay silent since it would lead to her embarrassment as well. Kavya then returned to Ahmedabad and left for Goa.

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Pragnesh and Maldev once again got in touch with her and this time told her that they had not only found her a job but one that would also provide accommodation. They then called her and made her stay at Marvel flats in South Bopal.

Victim blackmailed and gangraped several times

On October 2, they sent her to meet their friend in Gandhidham with her biodata. They accompanied her in a car and the hotel began to take drugs.

They also showed Kavya pictures and videos of her rape in Udaipur hotel. They threatened to leak it online and then raped her in the hotel.

While returning to Ahmedabad the two also raped her again in the car. On their way home, when they stopped at a petrol pump, Kavya managed to escape from the car and got into the petrol pump office.


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