NEW DELHI A 14-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped when she was on her way to school and later raped by six men, including a neighbour, inside a van at Dichaon village near southwest Delhi‘s Najafgarh area, police said on Friday.

While five of the accused, identified as Rahul (19), Suraj (19), Sandeep (21), Ramesh (27) and Narender (20), have been arrested, their accomplice, Aman (23), is still at large, said DCP (West) Pushpendra Kumar.

When the girl was on her way to school around 7.30 am on Thursday, the accused stopped her near her residence in west Delhi‘s Jai Vihar area, and allegedly pushed her inside a white Tata Sumo, said police.

The girl knew Rahul, who was her neighbour, but could not identify the others, who later turned out to be residents of the same locality, said police.

“The accused took the girl to an isolated area at Dichaon village near Najafgarh and all of them raped her inside the vehicle. When she objected and tried to scream, they also allegedly threatened to kill her,” said Mr Kumar.

Meanwhile, a local at Dichaon village witnessed the act and reported the matter to a traffic official. The traffic personnel forwarded the information to the police station concerned, said police.

Later, when the group was driving through neighbouring village Hiran Kudna, their vehicle was intercepted by a police team.

The police team rescued the girl and managed to overpower all the accused men except Aman, who dodged the team and fled the scene, said police.

The police also impounded the vehicle in which the accused allegedly raped the girl. The van is registered in the name of a private enterprise and Narender was its driver, police said.

“A case of abduction, gang-rape, criminal intimidation and hatching a criminal conspiracy under IPC and relevant sections of the POCSO Act has been registered in connection with the incident. Efforts are on to nab Aman,” Mr Kumar added.