The Amboli police have said that they have a “lot of evidence” against all the eight accused who have been arrested in connection with the gang-rape of a 28-year old woman . The police will be producing the eighth accused, Pradeep Ghagat (33), before a magistrate on Wednesday.
The incident occurred on Monday night when the couple had gone there for house hunting.
A police officer monitoring the investigations said that they had also managed to collect scientific and other evidence against the accused. This includes evidence from the crime scene.
“We have taken the clothes of all the accused and the victim. We hope to get a strong lead from it. We have locked the room and an officer and few constables are manning it 24/7,” said a police officer.
The officer said that the accused took turns to rape the victim over a period of an hour. The police will be producing the eighth accused, Pradeep Ghagat (33), before a magistrate on Wednesday. Ghagat is among the five persons who gang-raped the victim, the officer said.
The seven alleged accused who were arrested earlier are identified as Rastail Shaikh, Nagesh Hanumanta Dhangar, Imran Mohammad Shaikh, Mohammad Gulam Hussain Khan, Rakesh Laxman Kher, Zahir Sharif Khan, and Ijaz Ahmed Shaikh. The accused are said to be drug addicts.
They went there to meet a woman who is a family friend who was to help them rent a shanty in Shyam nagar in Andheri (west).
As per police officials, three of the accused held her husband outside while other five took turns in raping her. The victim then contacted the police who picked up the accused.
The shanty where the incident occurred is secluded as it is at one end of the slum and on a hill top, where very few people stay.