Three drug addicts held for rape-cum-murder of rag picker

Last Updated: Sunday, January 5, 2014 - 00:45

Mumbai: City police have arrested three drug addict rag pickers in connection with the rape and murder of a 55-year-old rag picker whose body was found bludgeoned near a footpath on January 1, police said on Saturday.

Police had first registered a case of accidental death, but later converted it into an FIR by applying charges of rape, unnatural sex murder after the findings in the post mortem report.
Last night Pant Nagar police arrested Aarif Sheikh (21), Raju Jaiswal (21) and Milind Tayde (22), all local rag pickers who were acquainted with the victim.

The accused are also drug addicts, police said adding that Arif had physical relations with the woman in the past.
On the night of December 31, the accused consumed liquor at Rasika Bar, a few minutes away from the spot on Ghatkopar-Andheri Link Road, where her body was found.

The three then went to the woman where Arif allegedly forced himself upon her, followed by the others.

The accused then thought she might complain to the police and hit her head with a stone lying nearby and fled the scene.

After the police initiated investigations, they rounded up all local rag pickers in the area for questioning when they learnt of the trio and Arifs relations with the victim.

Police soon learnt that some of the accused were supposed to meet near PG Wine Shop in Ghatkopar (West) where they laid a trap and held them last night. The accused confessed to the crime during the interrogation.

Police are also awaiting medical and DNA samples of the victim`s private parts, which will be matched with the accused to prove their involvement in the crime.

PTI

First Published: Sunday, January 5, 2014 - 00:45

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