Mumbai Police Crime Branch officers are searching for a mobile phone that Mohammad Qasim,allegedly the prime accused in the gangrape,had used to click a photograph of the victim.
According to the police,four of the five accused were carrying mobile phones with them when the crime took place. Following the gangrape,the accused took two photographs of the victim using a mobile phone,and threatened to circulate them if she approached the police. Qasim has claimed that he sold his mobile phone while he was on the run. He had allegedly even destroyed his SIM card,fearing that he would get tracked through his mobile phone.
Qasim was arrested from the terrace of Nair Hospital,where he was found sleeping in the wee hours of Sunday. Qasim allegedly revealed that he had sold his mobile phone as he needed money for food while he was on the run. He had left his house in Madanpura on the night of the rape with only Rs 50 in his pocket which his mother had given him.
The victim has told us that after the five men had raped her,the accused took two photographs of her and threatened her that he would circulate her photos if she complained, an officer said.
Police officers said even Vijay Jadhav,arrested a day earlier,had destroyed his SIM card while he was hiding at his friends video parlour in Madanpura.
The mobile phones of the accused,especially Qasims,is essential as a crucial piece of evidence to establish their presence at the crime scene, said an officer from the Crime Branch who did not wish to be named.
During investigations,the police have also allegedly learned that before fleeing from his residence at 11 pm on Thursday,Qasim had called up the other accused and told them to switch off their cell phones and destroy their SIM cards.