Police file chargesheet in Mumbai photojournalist rape case
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Almost a month after a photojournalist was gangraped in Shakti Mills, the Mumbai Police Crime Branch on Thursday filed a 508-page chargesheet before the Esplanade court against the five accused arrested in the case.
Mumbai photojournalist gangrape: Those 3 hours
The victim's statement before a magistrate and the statement of her male colleague who was with her at the time of the incident form a vital part of the chargesheet.
According to the statement of her colleague, now a prime witness in the case, they had gone to Shakti Mills on August 22 for an assignment. The desolate mill had no clear access and they stood outside for a few minutes, before finding a way in. They were stopped by two men who told them there was a better access road ahead, he said.
The victim and her colleague have identified the two men as Vijay Jadhav, 18, and Salim Ansari, 27. In his statement, the colleague has mentioned three other men — Mohammad Kasim Hafiz Shaikh, 21, Siraj Rehman Khan, 24, and a 16- year-old — who joined the duo. He said the accused tied him up with three belts — his, the victim's, and one belonging to an accused — and left him in one side of the mill, while the victim was taken inside, where the accused allegedly raped her.
"At regular intervals, I heard her shriek," said the colleague in his statement. He was told that she was being "inquired" and that she was not co-operating. After all five men had allegedly raped her, the first rapist, identified as Shaikh, once again raped the victim.