The Telegraph
Thursday , November 1 , 2012
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Footballer, cook in custody for rape

East Bengal footballer Jagpreet Singh and Ravi Singh, a cook, were remanded in 14 days’ judicial custody on Wednesday for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl. Police could not seek custody of the duo, arrested late on Tuesday, as public prosecutors are on Puja vacation.

Two other accused — Joseph Singh and Prayag United player Baldeep Singh Sahani (mistakenly referred to as Baljit Singh Sahani in Wednesday’s edition of The Telegraph) — are absconding.

The four allegedly lured the girl to a second-floor flat in Tower 2 of Diamond City North near Shyamnagar on Jessore Road around 12.30pm on Tuesday and raped her.

“The owner of the flat where the girl was allegedly raped is Subhasish Saha. Jagpreet, Baldeep and Joseph had rented the flat from him. Ravi was their cook,” said a police officer.

Police said on Wednesday that the victim lives in a single-room flat in another building of the same housing complex. It is, however, not clear whether they are tenants.

The victim underwent a medical test at Baranagar state hospital and her statement was recorded in court on Wednesday. Both she and her father were questioned. “The victim said Ravi asked her to accompany him to the flat, where she was probably made to eat something, after which she can’t recall anything,” said an officer of Dum Dum police station.

Ravi told the police that he was asked to make tea and omelette and keep on the dining table on Tuesday afternoon. “Ravi has denied involvement but admitted that he heard the girl talking in the room,” said an officer.

Jagpreet too cried “conspiracy”. The defence lawyer submitted in court a letter from East Bengal club declaring that he was at the Sports Authority of India complex in Salt Lake till 5.30pm on Tuesday. “I have been framed because I refused to sign for another club,” Jagpreet said.