Mumbai gang rape: 1 arrested, 4 identified; female victim 'stable'

Mumbai, Aug. 23 (ANI): Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh on Friday confirmed the arrest of one accused, in connection with Thursday evening's brutal gang rape of a young photojournalist in the city, and said that the female victim is in stable condition. Singh also requested the Central Government to allow this case to be treated in a fast-track court, so that justice is handed out in an efficient and timely manner.

"One has been arrested and four others have been identified. This is a sensitive case. We cannot reveal more information about the accused," Singh said.

"Our investigations are continuing. We are trying to find out more about the accused.

Sketches were made at night. On the basis of those sketches, one accused was arrested and he has named the others," he added.

Singh confirmed that the female victim is in stable condition and, along with the male victim, provided key accounts to the Mumbai Police so that the case could go forward.

"The girl is composed and stable. ...The statements given by the victims helped us to draw the sketches of accused and they were 20-25 percent correct and with their help. We were able to track the accused," Singh said.

Singh ensured that the Mumbai Police would do its best to collect all the evidence and requested the government to conduct this case via a fast-track court, so that a foolproof case can be drawn out and the perpetrators will be handed maximum punishment.

"Women are coming forward these days and lodging complaints. Our priority is their safety. We are doing our best to keep them safe and secure," Singh said.

Singh confirmed that the accused live in the vicinity of the area where the incident happened and said that there are property offences against two of the accused in the case.

Confirming the details of the incident, Singh said that around 6-6:30 p.m. last evening, a girl with her colleague, went to Shakti Mills compound through the Mahalaxmi station.

The female victim, a trainee photojournalist, was taking pictures. The accused came there and asked them how they could enter the building since it was Railway property. They also accused the boy of having been involved in a murder in the area few days ago.

Soon afterwards, one of the accused tied the boy down with a belt, and took the female victim 15-20 feet away, while two of them stayed with the boy and then they committed the ghastly crime in turns.

The Mumbai Police was informed of the incident at 8 p.m. last evening and the Joint Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and twenty police teams were formed as part of immediate investigation into the case. Additionally, forensic experts were also called in last night.

Earlier today, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde also confirmed that he is in touch with the Mumbai Police and that one arrest was made in connection to last evening's brutal gang rape.

Minister of State for Home R.P.N. Singh on Friday said that the Mumbai Police has been asked to do whatever it takes to nab all the accused persons in the gang rape of a young photojournalist on Thursday evening.

"It is an extremely tragic and unfortunate incident which has happened in Mumbai. We have asked for a detailed report from the Mumbai Police. We have also asked the Mumbai Police to take immediate action to do whatever it takes to arrest the accused and the harshest punishment should be meted out to these people," Singh said. (ANI)

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