Mumbai, August 23; The Mumbai Police have arrested one of the five accused in the gangrape of a 23-year-old photojournalist. The other four have been identified and around 20 special teams are on their trail, Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh said at a press conference on Friday afternoon.
The victim and her friend, both interns at a reputed magazine, had gone to Shakti Mills compound in Mahalaxmi, which is a dilapidated and vacant property, for their photography assignment. Two men who were already there stopped them, asking whether they had adequate permission for photography.
“One of them alleged that the male member accompanying the victim was involved in a murder that had taken place in the mill compound a few years back,” said Mr. Singh.
The men took the victim and her friend to different places and called more people over the phone. One of the persons tied the victim’s friend with a belt, while others took the victim some 15-20 feet away and raped her, Mr. Singh said.
The victim was admitted to Jaslok Hospital at 8 p.m. after she and her friend informed their office and family members.
“Following the description provided by the victim and her friend, we have arrested one of the accused, who confessed to being present at the spot. He has named his four accomplices and police teams are on their trail,” he said. He, however, did not disclose the names of accused, citing that it would hamper the investigation.
Two out of the five accused have cases regarding property dispute pending against them.