Salim Ansari,27,and Vijay Jadhav,18,have allegedly told Mumbai Police Crime Branch that they kept a watch on the photojournalist and followed her and her male colleague for close to 15 minutes. They did this to ensure the two did not leave the Shakti Mills compound till their three associates arrived,Ansari allegedly told the cops.
Police said Ansari had admitted that he was the first to spot the victim and called the others to help him overpower the two because he wanted to rape the woman.
Ladki ko dekh ke neeyat fisal gayi (bad thoughts took me over on seeing the girl), Ansari,father of two,allegedly told the cops. The last of the five suspects to be arrested,Ansari was found hiding at the house of a friends relative in east Delhi.
The police said three of the suspects have past criminal records. The first,assumed to be a minor,has a theft case registered against him in 2012,Jadhav has a similar case in 2011,and Mohammed Qasim Sheikh alias Bangali has four cases three of theft and one of dacoity against him.
According to Ansari,he and Jadhav entered the mill compound through one of their regular access points from the main road. They saw the woman enter the premises with her male friend. He is believed to have called Mohammed Qasim,18,and another suspect whose mother claims that he is a minor. Mehmaan aa gaye hain,khatirdaari karni hai (guests have arrived,we should entertain them), Ansari allegedly told his accomplices.
The confessions of the five have details of their visits to brothels at Nagpada and Manpada as well as porn video parlours. Police said the five knew each other,visited local bars and smaller theatres around south Mumbai.
They are all school dropouts and jobless. They committed thefts and did odd jobs, said Satypal Singh,Commissioner of Police.
The five were also involved in stealing scrap,especially rusted tracks from railway yards,to pay for alcohol and visit brothels. They always calculated the money they needed for their nightouts. They lived in congested areas and often sought out places like cheap video parlours and theatres like Alexandria for entertainment. They would attempt petty thefts depending on how much cash they needed, said an officer.