Cops to contact Iranian embassy in stabbing case in Gurugram; suspect detained

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A day after a foreign woman allegedly stabbed a taxi driver in Rajiv Chowk in the city, she was taken into custody for 14 days on Wednesday evening, police said. The motive for the attack on a busy stretch in broad daylight is still unknown, police added.

Police said the woman was identified as Rihaan alias Noori from Egypt. She did not cooperate with Egyptian embassy officials who met with her on Wednesday to find out more about her. Police said they were also in contact with the Iranian embassy to verify his exact identity and had not yet ruled out his involvement in other criminal activities.

Police said she was being held for questioning after her arrest on Tuesday, but did not cooperate for even a moment and were unable to produce valid travel documents.

“She claims to be an Egyptian national but has not cooperated with her embassy officials. Embassy officials also couldn’t do much without knowing his exact name or passport details. She didn’t even cooperate with the police,” a senior police official said. He further said details such as when she entered India or where she was residing before her arrest were still unclear or verified.

The woman, dressed in a burqa, allegedly approached the taxi driver sitting in his car and stabbed him with a knife. She was chased and caught by a police patrol but remained agitated and demanded to speak to the Egyptian ambassador.

Gurugram Police PRO Subhash Boken said: “We are also in contact with the Iranian Embassy to verify his identity,” he said.

They said Section 177 (providing false information) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC); and sections 3 (powers to issue orders to prohibit, regulate or restrict the entry of aliens into India and their departure or presence or continued presence), and 14 A (penalty for entering restricted areas), B (penalty for using false passport) and C (penalty for aiding and abetting) of the Aliens Act 1946, were invoked in the FIR registered against her at the Civil Lines Police Station based on the driver’s complaint of taxi injured Raghu Raj because she had not produced her passport and visa.

Police initially said only Sections 323 (punishment for willfully causing injury) and 324 (willful injury by weapons or dangerous means) of the IPC were invoked against her in the FIR which was filed on Tuesday.

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