The police have arrested five persons in connection with the alleged rape of a 30-year-old woman near Matunga railway station on Friday night. The accused had allegedly forced their way into her shanty and beat up her husband with bamboo sticks before allegedly gang-raping her.
The incident took place around 11.45pm on Friday, when the woman and her husband, who make a living by growing vegetables near the railway tracks, were sleeping in their home, which is adjacent to the railway compound wall. Some of the accused barged into their house claiming they were looking for a friend, police said.
The accused were identified as Siddhesh Nikam, Ganesh Ingle, Shahid Sayyed Hussain, Anup Jaiswal and Rohidas Gaikwad, all in their early twenties.
“Siddhesh is the one who had gathered them all and is the prime accused in the case. We are looking for the two others accused in the case,” said Ravindra Khandagale, assistant commissioner of police, Matunga division.
An investigation revealed that Nikam has five criminal cases against him while Jaiswal has one. “The accused are uneducated and are drug-addicts,”said Khandagale.
The woman’s husband was beaten and pushed outside, after which the men allegedly raped her and had unnatural sex with her. Nikam and Jaiswal, both of who are Shahu Nagar residents, knew the victim's husband as he had had a fight with Nikam earlier, the police said.