press trust of india
Mumbai, 4 September
The minor accused in the gangrape case was today identified by the photojournalist and her male colleague during an identification parade held at juvenile remand home in south Mumbai, police said.
“The victim photojournalist has identified the minor as one of the five culprits who had sexually assaulted her on 22 August in Shakti Mills compound,” said a crime branch official.
During the Test Identification Parade (TIP) today, a group of persons, including the minor accused, were queued up when the victim and her male friend identified him, the official said adding “the process was conducted under the supervision of a magistrate.” Among the five accused in the case, the minor was the first to be arrested.
The other four arrested accused are Shiraz Rehman Khan, Vijay Jadhav, Kasim Bengali and Salim Ansari who will be in police custody till tomorrow. “We will not seek extension in custody of the four accused when they would be produced before a court tomorrow. They would be sent in judicial custody. We would then try to conduct the TIP,” said Joint Police Commissioner Himanshu Roy. Police are awaiting a forensic report which will tell if there were any DNA samples of the victim in the accused’s clothes.