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3 held for raping woman,‘striking deal’ with fourth

The fourth accused was also arrested.

Three men were arrested Sunday for allegedly raping a 20-year-old woman and trying to force her to have sex with another man at a south Mumbai hotel,police said. The fourth accused has also been arrested.

Police said the victim,a resident of New Delhi,was in the city to attend the birthday of a friend in Dombivli.

The victim had got into a cab of one Naushad Ali Nijamuddin Shaikh in Dombivli. While the girl intended to take a train to New Delhi from Bandra Terminus,Shaikh insisted that she check into a hotel for the night and leave for Delhi the next day. “She then checked into a hotel in Powai,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police,Zone 1,Ravindra Shisve.

“He drove her to a hotel in Powai and raped her there in her room. He then called two other accomplices — Tafshir Khan,28 and Zeeshan Khan 22 — who are also taxi drivers. The trio then drove the victim to Vajreshwari village in Thane district and raped her in turns there,” said an officer from Colaba police station.

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They then contacted a 42-year-old Raipur based businessman,Rohit Panjwani,who was staying in a hotel in south Mumbai. Police said the taxi drivers were attempting to strike a deal with Panjwani when the victim raised an alarm.

“She called up her mother and recounted the ordeal and also alerted a female employee at the hotel,who in turn informed the police,” said an officer from Colaba police station.

The four were arrested at the hotel and have been remanded in police custody till December 20.

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