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One of the five arrested in the gang rape case

India on 24 August 2013
Location : Mumbai, India | Source : New Indian Express. Image Source: New Indian Express

The Mumbai police have arrested one of the five accused in the alleged gang rape of 22 year photo journalist on Thursday evening. Commissioner of police Satyapal Singh addressing the media said the incident happened at Shakti Mill compound near Mahalaxmi in Mumbai where 22 year old woman along with a male colleague, both of who interned in a feature magazine.

The man had the camera and the woman was shooting with her mobile phone. “The time was about 6 pm to 6.30 pm. It is usually a lonely and abandoned place. They were accosted by couple of persons who begin to question to them,” said Singh.

The accused persons demanded to know who gave them permission to enter the premises and the one of them falsely accused the victim's colleague of having involved in a murder. He then called his another accomplice on phone and asked him to come and check the identity of the murderer.

Soon there were five persons had gathered. The victim's colleague was bound with a waist belt and under the pretext of questioning them separately they took the woman behind a foliage about 15-20 feet from the location where they had first accosted. She was then gang raped by them. Police commissioner Singh said that the victim then reached the hospital at 8 pm and the police were informed at 8.30 pm.

“The police swung into action at 8.45 pm. Twenty teams were formed. The sketches were made. We have arrested one of the five accused at 12 pm and the sketches turned out to be 85 per cent correct,” said Singh. The arrested person has admitted of being part of the gang rape.

He refused to give the names of the accused persons. However he said that the accused persons were in the age group of 20-22 and were residents of the locality near the Shakti Mill compound. Singh said that they hope to arrest the other accused persons soon.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has said that the state would be incurring the hospitalisation cost of the photojournalist who was allegedly gang raped by five persons on Thursday evening.

Meanwhile Home Minister R R Patil has come under flak for the deteriorating crime in the state. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray said: “Patil was removed as Home Minister after the 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai. However after the 2009 elections he was again made the home minister. He is the most inefficient person to be a home minister. The only reason he is there is because he is the eyes and ears of NCP chief Sharad Pawar in Maharashtra,” said Thackeray. He appealed to the women to shame him by sending packets of bangles to him. “We can hope then at least he would resign,” said Thackeray.

A reports from PTI in New Delhi adds:

Gang-rape case: Centre seeks report from Mumbai police

Terming as "extremely tragic and unfortunate" the gang-rape of a 23-year-old photojournalist, the Centre on Friday said it has sought a detailed report from Mumbai police on the incident.

"First of all, what happened in Mumbai is a matter concerning that state. In spite of that, I have spoken to the Mumbai Police Commissioner. The investigation is progressing," Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde told reporters outside Parliament House.

Minister of State for Home RPN Singh said the Home Ministry has sought a detailed report from the Mumbai police.

"It is an extremely tragic and unfortunate incident that has happened in Mumbai. We have asked for a detailed report from the Mumbai police. We have also asked the Mumbai police to take immediate action...to arrest the accused. Harshest punishment should be meted out to these people," he said.

The 23-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped by five men in Parel area in central Mumbai last night.

The incident took place at around 8 pm inside the Shakti Mills in Lower Parel area when the victim, working with an English magazine, was on an assignment, doing a story on 'chawl', police said.

In a chilling reminder of the December gang-rape in Delhi, the men tied up the victim's friend and raped the woman.

In a statement given to police, the girl said the five goons were present in the Shakti Mills compound. They started making lewd remarks and harassed her. When her friend intervened, two of them assaulted him. Three others took the woman inside the dilapidated structure and raped her.

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