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Mumbai: Two minors among four held for gangrape of 19-year-old woman in Govandi

Around 4.30 am on Saturday, the 19-year-old woman who works with a catering firm was returning home when the four accused allegedly approached her.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: January 23, 2022 3:57:34 pm
Based on the description given by the woman and local intelligence, the police claimed to have established the identities of the four accused.

Four persons including two minors have been arrested after a 19-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped in the Shivaji Nagar area of suburban Govandi early on Saturday.

Police said they had arrested Ramzan Ali Qureshi, 20, and Sajid Malik, 19, and sent the two minor boys, both 17 years old, to the Dongri children’s home.

Around 4.30 am on Saturday, the 19-year-old woman who works with a catering firm was returning home when the four accused allegedly approached her. “Qureshi first inquired what she was doing so late in the night, after which the three other accused who were present at the spot also got involved and forcefully took her to an empty hut nearby,” said senior inspector Arjun Rajane from the Shivaji Nagar police station. The four youths then allegedly forced themselves on her one after another and fled the spot later. After the woman dialled the Mumbai police control room, she was taken to the hospital for medical examination.

“The woman had heard them calling each other by their nicknames, which helped us identify the persons involved,” said another police officer.

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The police said they learnt that Qureshi and a 17-year-old were in the Dongri area of south Mumbai. “They were planning to escape to their home towns in Uttar Pradesh but we managed to trace them before they could leave and arrested them,” assistant police inspector Dhanajay Deodikar said.

Hours later, the police took into custody the other minor accused from his relative’s place in Shivaji Nagar. “The fourth accused, Malik, was difficult to trace, but when we came to know that his father stays in the Panvel area, a team was sent to his address. We found him there and he was also apprehended early on Sunday,” said another officer.

Qureshi and Malik were on Sunday afternoon produced in a holiday court in Bhoiwada, which remanded them in police custody till January 28.

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