Businessman held earlier too

The businessman arrested on charges of abducting and criminally assaulting a 17-year-old college student at Moti Nagar here on Wednesday was booked for a similar offence in 2005. However, he was acquitted in that case.

According to the police, 50-year-old Mukesh Singhal was previously accused of criminal assault at Hari Nagar, but was later acquitted.

On Wednesday afternoon, the businessman allegedly abducted the college student in his vehicle when she was on her way home. The accused threatened the victim with dire consequences, took her to an isolated place at Moti Nagar and assaulted her. The victim later lodged a complaint at the Moti Nagar police station, following which the accused was arrested.

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