When Himanshu Ranka,29,and Vijesh Sanghvi,28,executed their hastily laid plan to kidnap 13-year-old Aditya Ranka on May 13,they did not take into account that nearly every movement that Sanghvi made with the teenager in tow,would be captured on CCTVs.
Even as the city awaits a full-fledged CCTV network,the 300-page chargesheet by Mumbai Police unique for its pictorial narrative underscores the importance of camera surveillance as crucial detection evidence that could ensure convictions.
Videographic evidence obtained from CCTV cameras mounted near Adityas apartment building in Khetwadi in Girgaum,a Vodafone store in Sion,toll plazas in Kharpada in Panvel and in Vashi,besides pictures of the car used in the kidnapping and of spots on the outskirts of Panvel where Vijesh allegedly first burnt Aditya alive and later dumped his charred body,form a crucial part of the chargesheet filed in August.
The pictures in themselves form a separate annexure of the chargesheet filed by inspector (crime) Shrikant Desai of the V P Road police station. We wanted to prove beyond doubt that they had committed the crime. The pictures show that we have all the proof to back it up, he said.
ACP Krishna Prakash said they had not come across many cases where images were used on such a scale in a chargesheet.