If guilty, hang them: Kin of gang rape accused
Claiming that their children are innocent, the families of the four teenagers, who have been charged with gang-raping a 17-year-old girl and even blackmailing her, said they would fight till the end to prove this.
On Sunday, the Samta Nagar police had arrested Kandivli residents Sujit Mohite, Deepak Pandey (18), Abhijit Gaikwad (18) and Mahesh Patil (18) based on the statement given by Priya (name changed), who had attempted suicide by consuming sleeping pills on February 27.
Priya, who was rushed to Surga Hospital in Thakur Village, had reportedly told the police that the accused had gang-raped her two months ago and were blackmailing her by threatening to distribute lewd photographs in her college.
She claimed that her neighbour, Sujit, had allegedly demanded Rs 2 lakh and so she had decided to end her life.
The police on Monday said this was not the first time. In the past, Priya had paid Sujit smaller amounts on numerous occasions, but when he demanded Rs 2 lakh, she panicked and decided to end her life, the police added.
However, the teenagers’ families insist they are innocent. Sujit’s father Digambar claimed that Priya used to often call his son and even abuse his wife for not giving the phone to Sujit. “She had called from a PCO to speak to my son about two weeks back,” he said. “My son was very protective about her.”
With downcast eyes Gautam Pandey, Deepak’s father, said: “If he is really guilty, then he should be hanged. But I will not keep quiet if he is innocent.” Deepak is preparing for his Class 10 Board exams.
One of Priya’s family members told Hindustan Times that she and Sujit had been in a relationship.
“She did not tell her family about it, as they [the accused] had threatened to kill her and her elder sister,” the family member said on condition of anonymity.
Though Priya was allegedly raped two months ago, the police had sent her and the four accused for medical examinations, as per procedure. “We are waiting the reports,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Ajit Patil.