Woman alleges Mumbai rapists raped her too

A woman alleged that she was gang-raped by three of the accused who have been arrested in connection with the gang-rape of a photojournalist.

Zee Media Bureau/ Deepak Nagpal

Mumbai: A woman here on Tuesday alleged that she was gang-raped by three of the accused, out of five, who have been arrested in connection with the recent gang-rape of a 22-year-old photojournalist here.

An FIR has been filed in connection with the case.

It may be noted the during interrogation, the Mumbai gang-rape accused had told the police that they made several women their victims in last six months including the young scribe, a ragpicker and a commercial sex worker.

The photojournalist was gang-raped at the secluded Shakti Mills compound here while on an assignment with a male colleague.

The five men had beaten and tied up the male colleague while committing the crime.

According to a police official, the woman claimed to be have been criminally assaulted in July this year by some of the men arrested in the photojournalist case at the same defunct Shakti Mills compound.

She has identified some of the assaulters, the official said.

The victim had approached Bhandup Police Station with the complaint. Accordingly an FIR was registered and the case was transferred to the N M Joshi Marg police station in Lower Parel, the official said.

All the five accused in the photojournalist gang-rape case - Salim Ansari, Vijay Jadhav, Mohammed Kasim, Hafiz Shaikh alias Kasim Bengali and Siraj Rehman Khan and a minor - were arrested and are currently in police custody.

They were booked under IPC sections 376(D) (rape), 342 (wrongful confinement), 506(2) (criminal intimidation), 377 (Unnatural offence) , 201 (Causing disappearance of evidence of offence), 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (common intention to commit an offence).

(With PTI inputs)