Three held for raping minor athlete in Delhi

New Delhi: Three men including a former national-level wrestler have been arrested for allegedly raping raping a 16-year-old athlete in northwest Delhi’s Rohini, police said today.

The victim, a national-level kabaddi player, had complained on Monday that she was raped by a man on July 9 who posed as an official of the Chhatrasal Stadium and told and asked to meet her on the pretext of introducing her to other kabaddi players, they said.

However, it was found on investigation that two more men were involved in the crime.

She said the man gave her a drink laced with sedatives and raped her after she fell unconscious, police said, adding the girl could not recall anymore details as she was unconscious.

She was also threatened of dire consequences if she informed anyone about the incident. It was only a week later that the girl mustered up courage and informed the police about the incident.

A case of rape was lodged and the accused was identified as Naresh Dahiya, a former national-level wrestler who trained wrestlers at the stadium and also at his personal ‘akhada’ in Shahbad Dairy.

Police examined the roster of the stadium and found Dahiya’s activities suspicious following which he was arrested last night, they said.

Further investigation revealed that the girl was taken to a flat in Rohini by Dahiya where she was raped by him and two others identified as Satpal and Pratap. They were arrested today.

Police said they will be adding charges of gangrape in the FIR after the arrest of the two accused.