Army Colonel who allegedly raped friend’s wife arrested

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An Army colonel accused of raping his civilian friend’s wife of Russian origin after intoxicating her husband at the Officers’ Mess in Cantonment area in UP was arrested on Tuesday.

“Col Neeraj Gahlot was arrested while trying to flee to an unknown place to evade his arrest,” said Superintendent of Police (East) Raj Kumar Agarwal.

Police had launched an operation for Col Neeraj Gahlot whose mobile location was traced in the vicinity of officers’ mess on Monday evening but he had been evading his arrest, said Cantonment Circle Additional Superintendent of Police Nikhil Pathak.

A team headed by Chakeri police station’s SHO Ravi Srivastava was dispatched to arrest the officer, but his room was found locked from outside, the ASP said.

The colonel posted was charged on Sunday for allegedly raping his friend’s wife at the Officers’ Mess, police said.

The woman’s husband, a civilian, lodged an FIR against the Army officer at the Cantonment police station, SP Agarwal had said earlier.

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