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Mumbai police ready with evidence against five accused of gang-rape
Publication Date : 27-08-2013
The Mumbai police crime branch are ready with evidence to be used against the five men accused of gang-raping a 23-year-old photo journalist
Mumbai's police commissioner, Satyapal Singh said the crime branch was ready with evidence against the arrested five accused in last week's gangrape case of a 23-year-old photo journalist.
He dismissed the claim that one of the accused, Chand Hussain Abdul Sattar Shaikh, the first to be arrested from his Saat Rasta home, is a juvenile as what his mother claimed.
Singh said all the accused are aged between 19 to 25, and that as it was a serious crime, harsh penalties will be dealth.
He said that the police would soon file the charges, as the government had already appointed Ujwal Nikam as chief prosecutor.
Without showing any remorse, two of the five accused, Kasim Shaikh and Vijay Jadhav confessed to the police that they had raped the photo journalist at the same spot outside the abandoned Shakhti Mills where they had previously raped four rag-pickers.
They admitted that they had thought that they would get away with the crime again, as their previous victims had kept silent after being threatened with their lives if they reported the matter to the police.
Interrogators said that they were taken aback by the brazen behaviour showed by the accused
According to the police, the accused had also threatened to disclosed the photo journalist's identity on social media if she reported the incident. Investigators are looking for a mobile phone that might contain photos of the crime.
Meanwhile, the victim's mother has appealed to the public to leave her daughter, who is under observation at the Jaslok Hospital, and their family alone.