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Mumbai gangrape : Cops build a strong case against accused

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, September 20, 2013
First Published: 08:58 IST(20/9/2013) | Last Updated: 09:02 IST(20/9/2013)

The crime branch of Mumbai police is confident they have a foolproof case against the five accused arrested for gangraping the photojournalist.

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Crime branch officers said they have forensic and technical evidence, along with the accounts of witnesses, to prove the crime.

The police have attached reports from the Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) that found that the DNA on the survivor’s body matched with that of all the five accused.

This is a crucial piece of evidence that will help police prove all the five accused had raped the survivor.

The police also found DNA remains of the accused on the survivor’s clothes, and that of the survivor on the clothes of the accused.

The police have included 22 DNA test reports in the chargesheet.

The call data records of the accused show they were at the scene of crime — Shakti Mill compound in Mahalaxmi — at the time the incident took place.

Mud samples from the crime scene were found on the clothes of both the survivor and the accused.

The survivor, along with her colleague who had accompanied her, had earlier identified the five accused in the test identification parade.

The police also have the statements of 86 witnesses, including that of an independent witness.

“He [the independent witness] was playing a game of cards along with the three of the five accused, when the other two called them to come to Shakti Mill. His testimony will also be important,” an officer said.

Police are yet to receive a report from Kalina FSL on photographs of the survivor retrieved from the mobile phones of the accused.

The survivor had told police the accused had shot her picture during the crime.

Assistant police commissioner (crime) Himanshu Roy said if the photograph is retrieved, they would file a supplementary charge sheet and add sections of the Information Technology Act.


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