A rape accused is escorted by two unarmed constables. While one of the constables gets into a cab, the accused pushes the other constable and flees. Callousness on the part of the Mumbai police resulted in Air India crew member Raj Patel, 22, escaping after being brought for a medical examination at the Nagpada police hospital on Friday night.
Patel, a resident of Borivli, was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly raping and sodomising a 21-year-old event management graduate after making false promises of marriage. The police said he refused to marry her after she became pregnant.
The Air India employee was brought to the Nagpada police hospital in a cab from Borivli on Friday evening. He was accompanied by two unarmed constables from the Borivli police station. Once the medical examination was complete, the trio waited for a cab outside the hospital. “A constable got into the cab first even as the other held Patel’s hand. Taking advantage of the situation, Patel forcefully pushed the constable, and ran into the crowd,” a police officer said.
The police launched a massive manhunt after the incident, but Patel was untraceable till Saturday. “An inquiry has been initiated against the two constables for dereliction of duty. After the medical examination, Patel should have been handcuffed,” a senior police officer told dna.
As a procedural requirement, rape suspects are supposed to undergo medical examination every 48 hours at the Nagpada police hospital.
The police said the victim’s family was looking for a suitable match for her. She was introduced to Patel last year through one of her close friends. “Since then they met regularly and became close to each other,” an officer from the Borivli police station said.
Patel lured the victim with false promises of marriage and allegedly raped her. When she became pregnant, he asked her to undergo abortion. Eventually, Patel stopped taking her calls or meeting her. Two months ago, the victim lodged a police complaint with the Borivli police station. Patel was on the run for two months before he was arrested by the Mumbai crime branch (Unit XI) on Wednesday.