Mumbai: Three days after a young photojournalist was gangraped in a mill here, all the five accused in the case have been arrested even as Mumbai Police was grappling to trace the mobile phone used to shoot pictures of the crime that triggered outrage across the country.
Mohammed Kasim Hafiz Shaikh alias Kasim Bengali, a resident of Agripada in central Mumbai, was arrested at 4.15 AM from Mumbai Central while his accomplice Siraj Rehman Khan (24) was arrested last night. Both were remanded in police custody till August 30.
Another accused, Salim Ansari was arrested from Delhi by the crime branch sleuths today. He is being brought to Mumbai and is expected to be produced before the court tomorrow for remand.
27-year-old Ansari was arrested from Bharat Nagar in North-West Delhi when he was on his way to a relative's house in the capital.
“A team of Mumbai Crime Branch today reached Bharat Nagar police station and enquired about a locality about which they had inputs that Ansari will be visiting.He was then nabbed when he was on his way to a relative's house here,” said a senior Delhi police official.
He was then taken to Babu Jagjivan Ram Memorial hospital in Delhi for medical examination.He would be taken to Mumbai later in the day.
Two others involved in the case were arrested earlier. Vijay Jadhav and Chand Babu Sattar Shaikh were yesterday produced before the court which remanded them in police custody till August 30.
The 23-year-old victim, working as an intern with an English Magazine, was gangraped in the premises of the defunct Shakti Mills Compound where she had gone along with a male colleague on an official assignment to shoot pictures on August 22.
The accused had tied up her colleague at a little distance away from the scene of the crime and gangraped the girl after threatening her with a broken piece of a beer bottle which they placed near her neck.
They shot pictures of the shameful act and warned the victim not to disclose it to anyone or else the pictures would be circulated. Police told the court today that Kasim Bengali was not cooperating with investigations. He was not disclosing where he and his friends had kept a mobile phone which was used to shoot pictures of the victim, who was subjected to the brutal crime.