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Eve-teasing led to fight, Amboli girls tell police

More than a fortnight after Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandes were killed, the DN Nagar police on Monday recorded the statements of two of the three girls present on the night of October 20.

mumbai Updated: Nov 08, 2011 01:48 IST
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More than a fortnight after Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandes were killed, the DN Nagar police on Monday recorded the statements of two of the three girls present on the night of October 20.

With the new statements, the police have added two more sections - eve-teasing and criminal intimidation - against the accused which will help prove the motive. Till now, the FIR registered by the police did not mention either of the charges.

Santos and Reuben were murdered on October 20 near Amboli Bar and Kitchen in Andheri (West) after they objected to a man allegedly harassing the women in their group. The FIR was lodged by their friend Avinash Solanki, who was part of the group of seven that was attacked.

The police said they went to the homes of the the two girls, Priyanka Fernandes and Mehveez Shaikh, to record their statements.

The four accused - Jitendra Rana, Sunil Both, Deepak Piswal and Satish Durgraj - were charged with murder, causing hurt with a dangerous weapon and common intent. The police was told that the fight started after Rana lost his balance and fell on Solanki.

However, Priyanka and Shaikh's statements clearly stated that the brawl was a result of eve-teasing, the police said.

"The accused will be charged with outraging the modesty of a woman (section 509) and criminal intimidation (section 506 (ii))," said Vijay Bhoite, senior inspector, DN Nagar police station.

Bhoite said they had finished recording statements of all the members of the group and would now speak to other witnesses to verify the facts.

The police earlier spoke to Fernandes' brother Benjamin, Solanki and the third girl in the group, Shobita Singh. They had also recorded the statements of the paanwala, a coconut vendor and the restaurant staff.

An officer said they couldn't add the sections earlier as they did not have a written complaint. "We waited for the girls to tell us about the eve-teasing and then added the charges," he said.