Mohammad Hamid, who was arrested on Monday, was remanded to police custody till February 3 by a court during the day.

"Hamid has claimed that he was familiar with the victim for the last 14 to 15 days," said Joint Commissioner (Crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh adding that the vehicle inside which the girl was raped has been seized.

"The accused said that he was drunk when the incident occurred and has admitted having sexual intercourse with the victim," added Ghosh.

The victim, a mall employee, was allegedly gang-raped in a truck while she was travelling back home in Howrah from Kidderpore on Sunday night. Injured in the assault, she is recuperating in a city nursing home.


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