Gangrape in Mumbra, cops struggle to find evidence

The case pertains to a 25-year-old woman who approached the railway police earlier this month alleging she had been raped by four RPF men in the Diva chowky in the early hours of January 15.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:September 20, 2016 3:14 am

THE MUMBRA police investigating a gangrape case registered against four Railway Protection Force (RPF) officials are finding it difficult to gather evidence. According to investigators, as the incident is alleged to have taken place in January, medical reports have not been of much help as the police were informed about the incident only this month. Also, the RPF chowky in Diva, where the crime is alleged to have taken place, is not covered by CCTV camera. Police said this left them with only the girl’s statement as evidence so far.

The case pertains to a 25-year-old woman who approached the railway police earlier this month alleging she had been raped by four RPF men in the Diva chowky in the early hours of January 15. The woman, whose husband is in their hometown, reportedly moved to Mumbai last year to make a living. She was acquainted with one of the accused RPF men against whom she has made the allegations of rape.

An officer probing the case said based on the victim’s statement, they interrogated the accused soon after the FIR was registered.

“Normally, in a rape case, the immediate medical report by a hospital forms strong evidence. At times, DNA test proves the role of the accused, considered strong evidence by courts. Due to the time lag in this case, we are afraid the medical report may not be that effective,” said the officer.

He added, “There were no CCTV cameras covering the chowky. No other witness has come forward either claiming to have seen the girl enter or leave the chowky.” The mobile records of the girl and the RPF men have been called for to establish their presence at the scene of crime.

The girl alleged that the RPF men had contacted her on the night of January 14 and made her come to the RPF chowky claiming that one of the constables was injured and was calling for her. She alleged the constables raped her at the chowky. She did not approach the police earlier as she was scared they would not believe her, said the woman. Soon after the Mumbra police registered a case against the RPF officials, the victim along with a local journalist in Mumbra was also arrested for allegedly accepting money from the four men to turn hostile or withdraw the complaint.

An officer said in the case of demanding money from policemen, the accused RPF men had been recording telephone conversations in which negotiations were allegedly being made by Mohan Bitla, a local journalist known to the woman, on her behalf. “Bitla is heard saying he will get the girl to sign an affidavit in which she will take the complaint back in exchange for money. Also, Bitla had no satisfactory answer as to why he had come to the hotel in Dombivli from where they were arrested by Mumbra police,” the officer said. He added the duo were produced before the court on September 16, that sent them to jail custody.

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THE MUMBRA police investigating a gangrape case registered against four Railway Protection Force (RPF) officials are finding it difficult to gather evidence. According to investigators, as the incident is alleged to have taken place in January, medical reports have not been of much help as the police were informed about the incident only this month. Also, the RPF chowky in Diva, where the crime is alleged to have taken place, is not covered by CCTV camera. Police said this left them with only the girl’s statement as evidence so far.

The case pertains to a 25-year-old woman who approached the railway police earlier this month alleging she had been raped by four RPF men in the Diva chowky in the early hours of January 15. The woman, whose husband is in their hometown, reportedly moved to Mumbai last year to make a living. She was acquainted with one of the accused RPF men against whom she has made the allegations of rape.

An officer probing the case said based on the victim’s statement, they interrogated the accused soon after the FIR was registered.

“Normally, in a rape case, the immediate medical report by a hospital forms strong evidence. At times, DNA test proves the role of the accused, considered strong evidence by courts. Due to the time lag in this case, we are afraid the medical report may not be that effective,” said the officer.

He added, “There were no CCTV cameras covering the chowky. No other witness has come forward either claiming to have seen the girl enter or leave the chowky.” The mobile records of the girl and the RPF men have been called for to establish their presence at the scene of crime.

The girl alleged that the RPF men had contacted her on the night of January 14 and made her come to the RPF chowky claiming that one of the constables was injured and was calling for her. She alleged the constables raped her at the chowky. She did not approach the police earlier as she was scared they would not believe her, said the woman. Soon after the Mumbra police registered a case against the RPF officials, the victim along with a local journalist in Mumbra was also arrested for allegedly accepting money from the four men to turn hostile or withdraw the complaint.

An officer said in the case of demanding money from policemen, the accused RPF men had been recording telephone conversations in which negotiations were allegedly being made by Mohan Bitla, a local journalist known to the woman, on her behalf. “Bitla is heard saying he will get the girl to sign an affidavit in which she will take the complaint back in exchange for money. Also, Bitla had no satisfactory answer as to why he had come to the hotel in Dombivli from where they were arrested by Mumbra police,” the officer said. He added the duo were produced before the court on September 16, that sent them to jail custody.

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