Police said the girl, a native of Rajasthan and a resident of Delhi had arrived here via train from Chennai. She arrived at Kumbakonam station around midnight on Saturday. When she hired an autorickshaw outside the railway station, the driver reportedly took a circuitous route. Sensing something amiss, she questioned the driver and also called up a friend over the phone. The driver immediately dropped her near the Chettimandapam area and sped away.
Left stranded with her trolley bag, she reportedly asked a bike-borne youth for a lift. He obliged and another man on a bike began trailing the first motorcycle. Police said the duo took the woman to a remote area near Naachiaarkoil on Kumbakonam by-pass road and reportedly sexually assaulted her. Subsequently, two more men joined them. When she cried for help the perpetrators threatened her with dire consequences.
Later, one of the men accompanied the girl to the main road and hired an autorickshaw in which he also travelled along. He got down at an old fish market while the auto driver dropped the girl at her apartment. She noted the licence number of the auto which dropped her home.
After reporting for duty, the girl told her colleagues about the incident following which her parents were also informed. They rushed to Kumbakonam. Based on the complaint, Kumbakonam West police registered a case and through the licence number, they traced the autorickshaw driver and he helped them in identifying the rapists.
The police registered a case under Sections 366 (kidnapping), 354 (molestation), 376 (rape) and 506 (ii) (criminal intimidation) and arrested S Dinesh (24) of Annai Anjugam Nagar, M Vasanth (21) of Motilal street, S Purushothaman (19) of Moopanar Nagar, S Anbarasan (19) of Halima Nagar.
The victim on Wednesday recorded her statement with the Judicial Magistrate and she was also sent for medical examination, police said.