Charge sheet filed against six adults and two juveniles

In its charge sheet in the Danish tourist gang-rape case, the Delhi Police have relied on the eye-witness account of a gardener in the Railways who claimed to have seen the 51-year-old woman being assaulted by eight men on the night of January 14.

The gardener, who has been working with the Railways for the past 30 years now, has been mentioned as an eye-witness in the charge sheet filed by the police in the court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sudhanshu Kaushik. He stays in a room near the nursery adjacent to the Divisional Railway Officers’ Club located close to the New Delhi railway station where the woman was raped.

He, the police said, was threatened by the accused into turning a blind eye.

The six adult accused — Mahendra alias Ganja (24), Mohd. Raja (22), Raju (23), Arjun (21), Raju Chakka (22) and Shyam Lal alias Bhajni (55) — would be produced before the court on Thursday. The two other accused are juveniles aged 17 years each.

The charge sheet, written in Hindi, details the eye-witness account of the gardener, who has said he can identify the accused persons as they used to frequent the area, take drugs near the club and commit thefts at the railway station.

Heard screams

He said on the night of the incident, he was going to the market when he saw the accused persons sniffing drugs. “I returned from the market and when I was cooking a meal, I heard the screams of a woman, who sounded like a foreigner. The screams were coming from the direction of the Officers’ Club and it was very dark,” the charge sheet mentions him telling the police.

The gardener further said that when he approached the area covered by trees, he saw that all the accused had confined a foreigner and accused Mahendra had forced himself upon her while Arjun was holding a knife. Arjun saw him and with a gesture of the knife asked him to run away.

The gardener said since he stays alone, he got frightened and went back to his room. “Since I was tired from the previous night’s Lohri party at the Officers’ Club, I fell asleep,” he is quoted as having told the police.

He said he was woken up by the police at 1 a.m. and after they convinced him, he gave a factual description of the incident to the police.

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