One more person allegedly involved in the rape of a five-year-old girl here a week ago has been arrested, police said on Monday.
Pradeep, the second accused, was apprehended from Bihar in a joint operation by Delhi and Bihar Police, Delhi Police Commissioner
Neeraj Kumar said.
“He will be brought to Delhi today after getting a transit remand from Darbhanga court,” Kumar said.
Manoj, the first accused who was arrested on Saturday from Muzaffarpur in Bihar, had told police during interrogation that one of his friends was also involved in the crime.
The girl was raped on April 15 in a building in east Delhi’s Gandhinagar locality where the victim and accused Manoj lived and she was rescued 40 hours later on April 17.
Manoj had fled from the house thinking that the girl was dead.
Pradeep’s arrest came after investigators on Sunday launched a hunt following protests here demanding the removal of the Police Commissioner.
As the anger over the gruesome rape spilled onto the capital ‘s streets, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said collective efforts were needed to root out such “depravity” from society.
“The gruesome assault on a little child a few days back reminds us of the need to work collectively to root out this sort of depravity from our society,” Singh said.
The girl is “gradually” recovering and there is “no danger” to her life though it will take another two weeks to discharge her from the hospital, doctors at AIIMS said.
On a day of flip-flop by Delhi Police on the issue of the role of second person, the arrested accused Manoj Kumar was produced before a court and agreed for a test identification parade. The duty magistrate sent him to judicial custody till May 4.
Earlier in the day, police announced that they will produce Kumar, who was arrested from his in-laws’ house in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur on Saturday, in court on Monday before the expiry of transit remand granted by a Bihar court.
Police had in a statement earlier in the day denied “rumours” of arresting a second accused or “looking” for him.
Sources said Kumar had taken the name of the second person’s presence at the time of the incident with Delhi Police as well as Bihar Police during questioning.
In the evening, a senior police official said they were probing whether the second suspect is involved in the rape or whether he helped Kumar in fleeing the capital on April 15 soon after the rape.
The day witnessed outraged students and women staging demonstrations at India Gate, Police Headquarters and near the residences of the Prime Minister and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Placard-wielding protesters also gathered at AIIMS, where the girl is undergoing treatment, and burnt the effigy of Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar demanding his sacking.
Traffic was disrupted at ITO and India Gate in the evening as the number of protesters swelled.
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