NRI held for molesting US woman at Taj hotel

| | New Delhi

A 25-year-old Non Resident Indian has been arrested by the Delhi Police for allegedly molesting a US national at a five star hotel situated at Patel Marg in New Delhi district. Confirming the incident, BK Singh, Additional Commissioner of Police, New Delhi on Friday said, “The accused Anmol Singh Kharbanda (25) and the 52-year-old woman were guests staying in different rooms of the Taj Diplomatic Enclave (earlier known as Taj Palace).

As per the statement of the woman, she started living in the hotel from January 6 onwards. On January 8, they met each other and Kharbanda allegedly invited her to his room, molested her and tried to sedate her, said the police. They introduced themselves to each other in the evening and the incident happened around 10 pm.”

The officer said that Anmol came to Delhi. He works in California. At the time of the incident, he had drinks with the woman in his room no 805. She has alleged that he tried to grab her and molested her besides offering some laced drinks,”  A spokesperson of the hotel said the two had met in the pool area and after the incident, the woman left the hotel room and informed the staff. The spokesperson added that she lodged a complaint with help from the staff.

However, police said the matter was reported to them on Wednesday, two days after the alleged incident. “She told us that a day after the incident, she checked out and moved to Gurugram where she checked into another hotel and later revisited Delhi to report the matter to us,” said  the Additional CP.

“Based on her statement, we registered a case of molestation and causing hurt by means of poison at Chanakyapuri police station. Her statement was recorded before a magistrate under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code after which Kharbanda was arrested,” said BK Singh.

Another investigator said that Kharbanda had been sent to Tihar Jail after a court remanded him to 14 days’ judicial custody. Taj Diplomatic Enclave stated that they would co-operate with the authorities in all possible way. “We are aware of this incident. We have been in contact with the lady guest, a formal complaint with the authorities was also facilitated by the hotel team. This matter is now under police investigation and the hotel will co-operate with the authorities in every way. Safety and security of our guests and associates is paramount,” said the spokesperson of the Taj Diplomatic Enclave hotel.



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