Mumbai gangrape: Court allows police to handcuff accused

Following the 'disappearance' scare on Thursday, a sessions court today allowed police to handcuff the four accused in the photojournalist gangrape case during the transit between court and jail.

hidden September 27, 2013 22:08:17 IST
Mumbai gangrape: Court allows police to handcuff accused

Mumbai: Following the 'disappearance' scare on Thursday, a sessions court today allowed police to handcuff the four accused in the photojournalist gangrape case during the transit between court and jail.

Special prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told the court that they needed to be handcuffed as all of them had criminal history.

Mumbai gangrape Court allows police to handcuff accused

An accused in the Mumbai gangrape case. AFP

In an embarrassment for police, Siraj Rehman Khan, one of the accused, was said to be 'untraceable' during the court hearing on Thursday. Later he turned out be at Thane jail.

Principal judge Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi today sought rough outline as to how the trial would proceed.

Prosecution said that draft charges will be filed against Vijay Jadhav, Kasim Bengali, Salim Ansari and Siraj Rehman on October 11, and recording of evidence can start from October 14.

Mumbai Police (crime branch) officials told the court that charge sheet in another rape case, where Jadhav, Bengali and Ansari are among the accused, would be filed by October 9.

Siraj was produced in the court today.

The four accused have been named in the charge sheet under Indian Penal Code sections 506 (2) (criminal intimidation), 376(d) (gangrape), 377 (unnatural offence), 342 (wrongful confinement), 341 (wrongful restraint), 201 (destruction of evidence) and 120(b) (criminal conspiracy).

The young photojournalist was gangraped by the accused when she had gone to the deserted Shakti Mills compound here on August 22 with a male colleague on an assignment.

Before that, an 18-year-old telephone operator had been allegedly gangraped on July 31 by five men, three of whom were also involved in the August 22 case, in the same premises.

PTI

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