A sessions court conducting the trial in the gangrape case of a telephone operator inside Shakti Mills on July 31,on Monday recorded the statements of two constables from Bhandup police station who were on duty on August 1,when the victims father had approached them to file a missing persons complaint.
Based on the testimonies of the two constables,the defence stressed on the inaction of the police to act on a missing persons complaint lodged after the woman went missing.
They claimed that the subsequent gangrape of a photo-journalist inside Shakti Mills could have been averted if the police had acted on the missing persons complaint.
According to the prosecution,the telephone operator was raped by five people,including a juvenile. The five accused Vijay Jadhav,Salim Ansari,Kasim Shaikh,Ashfaque Shaikh and a juvenile had allegedly taken turns and raped the victim. Jadhav,Ansari and Shaikh are also facing charges of gang-rape and assault in another case at Shakti Mills involving a photo-journalist. They allegedly gangraped the photojournalist inside the Shakti Mills compound on August 22.
Deposing before principal Sessions Judge Shalini Phansalkar Joshi,the constables said they had not recorded any statement during the course of investigating the victims fathers complaint.
According to the chargesheet filed in the case,following the incident,the victim and her boyfriend had left the city and took shelter at a friends place in Chhattisgarh,where the victim had undergone treatment. The victim,according to the prosecution,had contacted her family on August 10.
However,the police did not trace the cellphone number even after her family had informed them about the call. The two constables testified to not having even visited the telephone operators house after she went missing.
While cross-examining the two witnesses Monday,the defence lawyers stressed on the polices inaction following the missing persons complaint by the victims father.
Another witness,a special executive officer who had identified the accused during an identification parade,also deposed before the court on Monday.