Two persons were arrested by the Dadar Police on Tuesday in connection with the alleged rape of a 26-year-old woman. Officers said on Monday evening,the duo had forced the woman to board a taxi,following which she was raped near the flyover on Senapati Bapat Marg in central Mumbai.
The accused have been identified as Sachin Sonawane (26) and Virendra Jaiswal (27). Officers said that Sonawane knew the victim,who is a domestic help. She lives close to the area where Sonawane resides,the police said. Sonawane is currently unemployed,while Jaiswal works in a private firm.
The victim alleged that Sonawane and Jaiswal came in a taxi and forced her to get in. They threatened the taxi driver to continue driving. They told him to stop next to the state transport bus depot near Senapati Bapat Marg bridge. When the driver got off the taxi,Sonawane allegedly raped her, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 5) Dhananjay Kulkarni. The duo fled after committing the crime,he added.
While Sonawane has been booked for rape,Jaiswal has been booked under Section 34 (common intent) of the Indian Penal Code, said sub-inspector Deepak Jadhav. Jaiswals role in the offence is still being ascertained,said the police. The police have also begun their search for the taxi driver in the case.
At this juncture,we cannot say if the taxi driver was also involved. His statement will have to be recorded, said Kulkarni.
Both Sonawane and Jaiswal were produced in court on Tuesday and have been remanded in police custody till April 9.