The Mumbai police have arrested three people in connection with the gang-rape of a minor girl in Dindoshi, a suburb in western Mumbai.

The arrested have been identified as Wasim Sayyed (23), Yuvaraj alias Surya Pillai (19) and Shivkumar alias Kalva Vishwakarama (19). They have been remanded to police custody till November 12.

The police claims that six people, of whom two are minors, have been involved in the crime. While four gang-raped the girl, the other two have been booked for aiding and abetting the crime.

On November 1, one of the accused who was the victim’s friend called her on her phone and under the pretext of giving her a Diwali gift, asked her to meet him outside. The main accused, who the police suspect to be a minor, and one of his friends met the victim near MHADA Colony, close to the scene of crime and offered her a cool drink.

Meanwhile, the other accused joined them. After having the drink the girl complained of headache and told the main accused that she wanted to go home. But one of the accused physically assaulted her and dragged her to the secluded spot.

The girl was forced to drink beer before she was gang-raped. They then hailed an autorickshaw to purchase more liquor from a nearby restaurant.

Since the girl was frail they left her in the autorickshaw and went to collect alcohol. In the meantime, the girl managed to give them a slip and reached home. Though the girl did not inform about the incident her family immediately, she told them on Sunday after which the family lodged a police complaint. When the accused learnt about the complaint, they fled. “The medical report does confirm that she was sexually abused. We suspect two of the accused to be minors. The picture will be clear once we arrest them,” investigating officer Dilip Jadhav told The Hindu.

The uncanny similarities between the photojournalist gangrape and the Dindoshi rape case are striking. Like the Shakti Mills gangrape case, the spot where the girl was brutalised was secluded.

Also in both the cases, the accused are history sheeters wanted in cases of property offence and after the crime have gone back home without the fear that the victim might lodge a complaint.

Meanwhile an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) who was asked to probe if there was any complacency on the part of the police in registering the case has submitted a report to his senior stating that two policemen attached to the Dindoshi police station failed to act on timeand recommending action against them. The report will be submitted to the police chief soon.

Post the Shakti Mills incident, the Mumbai police had drawn a list of 272 vulnerable spots in Mumbai, the spot where the Sunday incident took place didn’t figure on the list. Also the list itself is being re-worked upon after the police realised the goof-ups it had made.

Many of the structures on the list weren’t ‘deserted spots’ or had security. The police have ordered a fresh survey and have also roped in the civic authority to keep a check on the isolated spots.

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