Shakti Mill gangrape: Victim's friend deposes before court
The friend of the 18-year-old telephone operator who was allegedly gang-raped at the Shakti Mills compound on July 31 deposed before the court here today.
Mumbai: The friend of the 18-year-old telephone operator who was allegedly gang-raped at the Shakti Mills compound on July 31 deposed before the court here today.
"He supported the prosecution's case," special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said.
The friend of the survivor had been tied and was beaten up by the five accused before they raped the girl. Police have arrested Mohammed Ashfaq Sheikh, Mohamed Kasim Hafiz Sheikh alias Kasim Bangali, Salim Ansari, Vijay Jadhav and a minor (whose trial is separated) in this case.
Vijay Jadhav, Kasim Bengali, Salim Ansari and Siraj Rehman are the accused in the second incident -- gangrape of photojournalist -- that took place in the same premises in August.
Mumbai Police on Monday moved an application before a sessions court seeking issuance of a transfer warrant against Siraj Rehman, who is in custody in connection with the 22 August gangrape case, on charges of kidnapping and molesting of a 50-year-old woman.
The 22-year-old magazine photojournalist had gone with her colleague to the deserted Shakti Mills compound located in the central Mumbai, on an assignment on 22 August last year when five men gangraped her at the abandoned mill, after bashing him up.
The fifth accused arrested in connection with the July 31 telephone operator gangrape case was today remanded in judicial custody till September 19.