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Rape of diplomat: massive manhunt

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI OCT. 18. The Delhi police contacted over phone the Swiss diplomat who was abducted and raped in her car here last Tuesday, to get more details about the as yet unidentified assailants. They also e-mailed her four more photographs of suspects for identification.

The police have so far questioned over 4,000 people and verified the movements of about 800 people on the night of the incident. Apart from the 10 suspects who were detained on Friday, six more have been rounded up.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police, South Delhi, Vivek Gogia, told mediapersons today that he spoke to the victim, now in Switzerland, at length over the telephone to get details on the mannerism of the assailants. "Based on the updated description, we are comparing it with the activity of each of the suspects. Their fingerprints are being matched with those lifted from the victim's Toyota Qualis and some teams have been sent to nearby States to gather records on people having committed crimes of a similar nature," he said.

Several young men, whose movements were found suspicious, were picked up from Shahpur Jat this morning for questioning. Some of them alleged that police had tortured them physically.

A couple — a professor and his wife — who were the first to come to the rescue of the documentary film-maker, Akanksha Joshi, who was assaulted the same night by two young men, have offered to identify the culprits.

All the suspects were paraded before the professor. Since Akanksha had bit the palm of one of the assailants, the police are looking for those with a bite wound. Mr. Gogia said none of the suspects detained in the Swiss diplomat case had any such injury.

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