Police file charge sheet against five in Mumbai gangrape case

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SAKTHIMumbai, September 19; Mumbai police on Thursday filed a charge sheet against four accused in last month’s gang rape of a 23-year-old photojournalist at the Shakti Mills compound on August 22.

A charge sheet was filed separately against the juvenile accomplice of the accused before a juvenile court.

The accused have been charge-sheeted under various sections of IPC including 376(d) (gang rape), 377 (unnatural offence), 201 (destruction of evidence) and 120(b) (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (common intention) among others.

The 600-page charge sheet filed in a magistrate’s court has details of the victim’s ordeal, statements of 86 witnesses, forensic evidence collected from the spot, DNA analysis reports, besides phone call records.

The photo journalist was allegedly raped by the five accused when she had gone to the deserted Shakti Mills compound on August 22 with a male colleague on assignment.

The accused — Salim Ansari, Vijay Jadhav, Mohammed Kasim, Hafiz Shaikh alias Kasim Bengali, Siraj Rehman Khan and the minor — had tied up the victim’s male companion with belts and allegedly raped her.

Police had claimed it had a “water-tight” case against all the five accused.

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