An army colonel accused of raping the wife of his Russian-born civilian friend after poisoning her husband at the officers’ mess in the Cantonment area was arrested on Tuesday.
“Colonel Neeraj Gahlot was arrested as he tried to escape to an unknown location to evade his arrest,” said police superintendent (east) Raj Kumar Agarwal.
Police had launched an operation for Colonel Neeraj Gahlot whose mobile location was traced to the vicinity of the officers’ mess on Monday evening, but had avoided his arrest, said Nikhil Pathak, additional superintendent of Cantonment Circle police.
A team led by SHO Ravi Srivastava from Chakeri Police Station was sent to arrest the officer, but his room was found locked from the outside, the ASP said.
The colonel sent on Sunday was accused of raping his friend’s wife at the officers’ mess, police said.
The woman’s husband, a civilian, filed a FIR against the army officer at the Cantonment Police Station, SP Agarwal said earlier.
According to the complainant, his wife is of Russian descent and has lived in India for 10 years.
The accused allegedly invited his civilian friend to the officers’ mess and gave him a heady drink that rendered him unconscious, police said adding that the army officer subsequently raped his friend’s wife.
The accused also allegedly assaulted the woman when she resisted.
After raping the woman, the colonel took leave of his bosses and went underground to evade arrest, an official said.
The rape survivor was later presented before a judicial magistrate who registered her statement under section 164 of the CrPC, Pathak said, adding that the statement, however, has yet to be shown to police.