‘Victim picks Ansari in identification parade’

The 27-year-old Spanish national, who was allegedly raped and robbed in her Bandra (West) apartment on Monday by a burglar, was taken to the Arthur Road jail on Thursday to identify accused Mohammed Badshah Ansari during a formal test identification parade.

During the two-hour identification parade, the victim — who had come to Mumbai six months ago to study Indian classical music — was made to pick out Ansari from a line-up of some other men as the one who had raped her.

Ansari was arrested and presented before a magistrate on Wednesday and the police had sought his judicial custody to conduct the identification parade. Senior police officers from Bandra said the identification parade was done in the presence of a Special Executive Officer on Thursday and the victim was shown a few men, including Ansari, on CCTV camera.

"We are awaiting the report on the ID parade to carry out further investigations," said Pratap Dighavkar, DCP (Zone 9).

Police sources, however, said the victim successfully identified Ansari as the rapist during the identification parade.

As per norms, a test ID parade has to be conducted in presence of a Special Executive Officer while the accused is in judicial custody. In case the officer is not present, the tehsildar is made to stand witness. The identification parade is conducted on the jail premises and the witness or victim is shown a set of people and made to identify the accused.

The victim, who has been shaken up by the incident, wants to go back to her parents in Germany as soon as possible, said police officers. "The victim has given us every minute detail of the incident and the trauma she was subjected to, revealing the gruesome acts of the accused," said an officer.

The police will present Ansari before a court on Friday to seek police custody to recover the valuables he allegedly stole from the victim's residence and corroborate it with her statement.

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