The Kalachowkie police have sent semen samples collected from the 21-year-old victim of Monday’s alleged gangrape and sent them to the Forensics Science Laboratory (FSL) for forensic comparison with DNA samples of the three arrested accused.
The trio, identified as Salim Shaikh (21), Rohan Mandal (20) and Panchu Thaker (22), were arrested on Tuesday after the victim approached the police and alleged that they had gangraped her in the back of a truck in a parking lot near the Cotton Green railway station Monday night.
“We are in the process of collecting evidence and are simultaneously forwarding the evidence to the FSL in Kalina for analysis. We have so far sent the clothes of the victim and as well as those of the accused,” said an officer with the Kalachowkie police.
The officer added that besides the medical reports submitted by the doctors, which confirm sexual assault, the doctors had also collected semen samples.
According to the police, the victim, a resident of Andheri, was returning home alone after offering prayers in Reay Road when she was accosted by the accused. The police said that Shaikh was the one who approached her first.
“Salim had befriended the victim and together with his two friends, the four had boarded an Andheri-bound train. When the train pulled into Cotton Green around 10 pm, they persuaded the victim to get off on the pretext of having tea on the east side of the station,” said Police Inspector Hemant Rade, Kalachowkie police station.
The police said that a parking lot attendant, where more than 100 trucks are parked, had notified a passing police patrolling unit after he saw the three men go inside with a girl. When the patrolling policemen entered the parking lot, they caught the accused red-handed and arrested them.
“All three accused have been charged for rape under the IPC and have been remanded to police custody till February 9,” said Assistant Police Inspector B Dhas, Kalachowkie police.
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