Mumbai Police files chargesheet in photojournalist gangrape case

The chargesheet has details of victim's ordeal,witnesses' statements and DNA reports.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:September 19, 2013 10:37 am

The Mumbai Police on Thursday filed a chargesheet against four accused in the gangrape of a 23-year-old photojournalist in the Shakti Mills.

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The accused have been charge-sheeted under various sections of IPC including 376(d) (gangrape),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 photojournalist was allegedly gangraped by five men,one of them a minor,on August 22 evening when she had gone to the Shakti Mills compound along with a male colleague on an official assignment.

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The chargesheet contains details of the victim’s ordeal,witnesses’ statements,evidence collected from the spot,DNA analysis reports,phone call records and test identification parade information,among others,police said.

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Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil had earlier told reporters that Mumbai police will file a chargesheet in the gangrape case on September 19. “We are making a strong case against the accused,” Patil had said.

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The chargesheet was earlier set to be filed on September 17,but since police were busy with the security arrangements for the Ganeshotsav,the same was postponed till Thursday.

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Police claimed it had more than sufficient evidence against the five accused Salim Ansari,Vijay Jadhav,Mohd Kasim Hafiz Shaikh alias Kasim Bangali,Siraj Rehman Khan and a minor boy.

A strong piece of evidence is the DNA report which confirms the involvement of all the five accused.

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Maharashtra government is keen to fast-track the case so that the culprits are given a harsh sentence at the earliest.

(With PTI inputs)

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