Chargesheet in a week: Patil

State government wants case to be fast-tracked,says home minister

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:September 11, 2013 12:18 am

The Mumbai police will file a chargesheet against the five accused in the Shakti Mills gangrape case in seven days, Home Minister R R Patil Tuesday said. The government wants the case to be fast tracked so that the culprits of the heinous crime are punished,he said.

“The Supreme Court verdict in the Delhi rape case shows quick decision. We will work for the same in the case of Shakti Mills crime,” Patil told journalists in Mantralaya.

A photojournalist on assignment with her colleague was raped by five men,including a juvenile,at the deserted Shakti Mills compound on August 22.

Apart from the minor,the four arrested accused — Kasim Bangali,Salim Ansari,Shiraz Rehman Khan,Vijay Jadhav — are currently in judicial custody. The victim and her male friend have already identified the five accused as the rapists,and call data records also confirm their presence at the mill compound on the day of the crime. The accused were taken to the spot where Crime Branch officers conducted a detailed event reconstruction,which supported the statements of the victim as well as her male friend,officers said.

A strong piece of evidence,according to Crime Branch officials,was the DNA comparison report,which confirmed the involvement of all five accused.

Officials from the Forensic Sciences Laboratories in Mumbai,Delhi and Ahmedabad are expected to send their reports to the Crime Branch soon. While the Mumbai and the Delhi teams have focused on samples from the scene of the crime,the Ahmedabad team is dealing with voice samples of the accused.

Patil said the police have collected all evidence against the culprits whose identity has since been established by the victims. The home ministry is also consulting the legal department to ensure there is no loophole in the chargesheet. Patil said the government was aware of the unrest among the people and wants quick punishment for those responsible for the crime.

mumbai.newsline@expressindia.com

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