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3 held for gangrape of 16-year-old girl,three others still at large

Five of the six suspects are history-sheeters and have cases of robbery,theft,and kidnapping against them.

Written by Megha Sood | Mumbai |
November 6, 2013 12:16:43 am

Three of the six men,who were allegedly involved in the gangrape of a 16-year-old girl in Goregaon Friday,were arrested Tuesday from Diva railway station where they had planned to board a train to Karnataka. Three other suspects are still absconding,police said.

The arrested have been identified as Wasim Sayyed (23),Selvam Pillai alias Yuvraj (19) and Shivkumar alias Kalwa Vishwakarma (19). They were traced to the station on the basis of their cellphone locations. They had planned to flee to Karnataka via Kalyan,officials said.

In her statement to police,the girl had said she was lured to a spot in Goregaon by a friend. A little later,a few others joined in. She was then forced to have beer that was spiked. “When my friend got a call,I could only hear him say ‘the girl is here’. I don’t know who he was speaking to.” She said she was left alone with the strangers. The sexual assault,she said,began soon after.

When she protested,she was raped at knifepoint,the girl said. “One of them pointed a knife at me. He also threatened to bash my head with a stone.” When the suspects decided to buy more bottles of beer,the girl managed to escape,the police said. Once she reached home,she narrated the incident to her brother and sister-in-law,who then took her to the police station.

According to Dindoshi police,call records show that the three arrested were in constant touch to plan their escape. However,they were caught when two of them called up the third to arrange for a vehicle so that they could move to Kalyan. They wanted to avoid being captured on CCTV at railway stations. “We were tracing the cellphones of the two suspects who were in touch with the third. As soon as we got their location,we sent a team who arrested the three,” said a police officer from the Dindoshi police station.

The three have been booked for rape and under relevant sections of the IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. “The girl was first forced to drink beer and taken under the Dindoshi bridge. Two of the suspects raped her first. Later,two others joined in. The other two were about to take the girl to another spot when she managed to flee,” said Pravin Patil,DCP (zone 12).

Five of the six suspects are history-sheeters and have cases of robbery,theft,and kidnapping against them.

megha.sood@expressindia.com

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