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‘Case will be tried through a fast-track court’

The police were immediately onto the job, combed the area and caught four accused, as per statements given by the eyewitnesses.

mumbai Updated: Nov 04, 2011 02:01 IST

Will there be justice in Amboli murder case, where two young men were stabbed to death?
The police were immediately onto the job, combed the area and caught four accused, as per statements given by the eyewitnesses.

It was a local brawl that escalated into something big. The accused reacted adversely to it.

What action will the government take?
The case will be tried through a fast-track court. We will provide the families the best lawyer as a public prosecutor. We will give them whoever they wish should fight their case.

The state will immediately file the charge sheet, as per the findings of the police investigation.

Priyanka Fernandes, who was with her friends Keenan and Reuben when they were stabbed, claims to have dialed the police helpline number 100 continuously, but no one answered her call. Why are police inaccessible when people need them most?
I haven’t received a formal complaint from any of the eyewitnesses on this. However, we will investigate the issue. Several times, there are multiple calls coming in at the same time, and the system gets overloaded. We are working towards improving this.

The complainants have alleged that the brawl was triggered by an act of sexual harassment. Yet again, there is a concern over the rising number of crimes against women. What is the home department doing about it?
The government is serious about the security of women. As far as this incident is concerned, we are investigating how the brawl sparked off, and if any such angle comes up, it will be dealt with seriously.

(As told to Sayli Udas Mankikar)