An Army colonel who allegedly raped a friend’s wife in UP was arrested

The colonel was charged with allegedly raping his friend’s wife at the Officer Messaoso (Representative)

Kanpur:

A military colonel accused of raping the wife of his civilian friend of Russian origin after intoxicating her husband at the Officer Message in Canton region was arrested on Tuesday.

“Colonel Neeraj Gahlot was arrested trying to flee to an unknown location to avoid his arrest,” said Raj Kumar Agarwal, a police inspector (eastern).

Police launched an operation for Col Neeraj Gahlot, whose mobile location was tracked in the vicinity of officers on Monday evening, but he avoided his arrest, said Nikhil Pathak, Additional Inspector of Police of Canton Circle.

A team led by SHO Ravi Srivastava of Chakeri police station was sent to arrest the officer, but his room was found locked from outside, the ASP said.

The sent colonel was charged on Sunday with allegedly raping his friend’s wife at the Officer Messaoso, police said.

The woman’s husband, a civilian, set up an FIR against the army officer at Canton police station, SP Agarwal had said earlier.

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According to the complainant, his wife is of Russian descent and has lived in India for 10 years.

The defendant allegedly invited his civilian friend to the Officer’s Messiah and gave him an intoxicating drink that knocked him unconscious, police said, adding that the army officer later raped his friend’s wife.

The defendant also allegedly attacked the woman when she set up resistance.

After raping the woman, the colonel bade farewell to his bosses and went underground to avoid arrest, an official said.

The survivor rapist was later produced before a magistrate who recorded her statement under section 164 of the CrPC, Pathak said, adding the statement, however, is yet to be shown to police.

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