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Shakti Mills gangrape case: Court holds five guilty

Five men were held guilty of gangrape of two women in the abandoned Shakti Mills compound.

Five men were on Thursday (March 20) held guilty of gangrape of two women in the abandoned Shakti Mills compound here last year by a sessions court here. The court will pronounce the quantum of punishment on Friday (March 21). (IE photo: Prashant Nadkar)

A total of seven persons, including two minors, were arrested in both the cases in which three of them are common. The principal sessions court judge Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi convicted Vijay Jadhav, 19, Mohammad Qasim Shaikh, 21 and Mohammad Ansari, 28, in both the gangrape cases. (IE photo: Prashant Nadkar)

In addition to the trio, the court found Siraj Khan guilty in the photojournalist gangrape case on August 22, and Mohammad Ashfaque Shaikh, 26, guilty in the telephone operator gangrape case at the same compound on July 31, last year. (IE photo: Prashant Nadkar)

Two minors, one in each case, are being tried by the Juvenile Justice Board separately. The court convicted the five men for gangrape, conspiracy, common intention, unnatural sex and offences under the Information Technology Act. (IE photo: Prashant Nadkar)

Welcoming the verdict, Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil, who was present in the court, said, "The cases were tried in fastest possible time and victims have got justice....Hope this verdict will act as a deterrent". (IE photo: Prashant Nadkar)

The first case pertains to the gangrape of a 22-year-old magazine photojournalist who had gone to the deserted Shakti Mills compound in Central Mumbai with a male colleague on an assignment on August 22, 2013. (IE photo: Prashant Nadkar)

Five men, (including a juvenile, whose case was separated), were charged with raping her there after assaulting her colleague. They are Vijay Jadhav, Kasim Bengali, Salim Ansari, Siraj Rehman and a minor. (IE photo: Prashant Nadkar)

The other case is of an 18-year-old telephone operator who was gangraped by five persons (including three of the accused in the first case) at the same premises on July 31, last year. (IE photo: Prashant Nadkar)