Kumbakonam: A 25-year-old woman from Delhi was gang-raped in Tamil Nadu’s Kumbakonam on Saturday night.

The victim had reached Kumbakonam, from Chennai, by train at 1 am on Saturday. She is a private bank employee. The woman hired an auto-rickshaw to reach her house in the city.

The auto driver reportedly took a detour. She called a friend and informed about it. After questioning him, he dropped her off at Chettimandapam and sped away. She was stranded alone on the road around four kilometres away from the railway station.

The girl then asked for a lift from a youth who was passing by on the bike. He agreed to drop her. After sometime the bike was followed by the youth’s friend, on another bike.

According to the police, the youngsters took her to a secluded spot near Kumbakonam bypass road and with two more friends joining them, they raped her.

After the incident one of the perpetrators then took the girl to the main road and called for an auto-rickshaw. He accompanied her till the old fish market. She was then dropped to her house.

When she reported to work on Monday she informed her colleagues about the incident who immediately helped her file a complaint with the Kumbakonam West police station.

Her medical examination was conducted. She had taken down the registration number of the auto that dropped her home and the police were able to trace the auto driver.

According to reports the man accompanying her in the auto had made calls using the auto driver’s phone, which assisted the police to track the four assaulters.

The driver indentified the men involved in the rape case to be S Dinesh (24) of Annai Anjugam Nagar, M Vasanth (21) of Motilal Street, S Purushothaman (19) of Moopanar Nagar and S Anbarasan (20) of Halima Nagar.   

The woman’s statement was recorded on Wednesday with the Judicial Magistrate. The accused have been booked under Sections 366 (kidnapping), 354 (molestation), 376 (rape) and 506 (ii) (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.