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A woman whose body was dragged for over seven miles after a car after it hit her scooter was the victim of a "rarest of rare" crime according to Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
The woman’s body was almost completely naked when she was found – leading to speculation that she may has been the victim of a sexual assault – but police in New Delhi believe she was the victim of a tragic accident and her clothing had been shredded by the 12km (seven mile) trip around the city’s streets.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer Delhi) Harendra Singh told the New Indian Express that a member of the public had called Kanjhawala police station at 3.24 am to report a sighting of a car that had “a dead body tied beneath it."
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DC Singh said that road blocks had been set up along the vehicle’s expected route: “constant efforts were made to trace the vehicle," he said.
At 4.11 am, almost an hour later, another call came into Kanjhawala police station, reporting the discovery of the semi-naked and severely mutilated body of a woman.
"The crime team took photographs of the area and lifted all exhibits from the scene of the crime," Deputy Commissioner Singh said, adding that the body had been transported to the mortuary of SGM hospital in Mangolpuri.
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Five men who had been driving in a locally-produced Suzuki Maruti Baleno have been apprehended in connection with the incident, police said.
The five occupants of the car were identified as Deepak Khanna (26), Amit Khanna (25), Krishan (27), Mithun (26), and Manoj Mittal (27).
Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena condemned the driver who had been involved in the incident and failed to stop – calling it an "inhuman" crime.
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"My head hangs in shame over the inhuman crime in Kanjhawla-Sultanpuri today morning and I am shocked at the monstrous insensitivity of the perpetrators,” he tweeted.
“Have been monitoring with ( Shri Sanjay Arora, Delhi’s Commissioner of Police) and the accused have been apprehended. All aspects are being thoroughly looked into”.
Mr Kejriwal tweeted: “What happened to our sister in Kanjhawala is very shameful. I hope that the culprits will be punished severely”.
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