Mumbai gangrape: Fast track court trial for all 5 accused

Mumbai, August 26: All five accused in the Mumbai gangrape incident will be tried in a fast track court to ensure speedy justice to the victim, with the fifth and last accused, Salim Ansari, being arrested from Delhi, on Sunday.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan informed that noted lawyer Ujjwal Nikam will appear as the public prosecutor in the case.

The Mumbai police has now intensified the hunt to trace the mobile phone used to shoot pictures of the brutal attack. All four, except one arrested on Sunday, will be in custody till 30th August.

The fourth accused, Kasim Bangali, the eldest of the five accused and who sexually assaulted the victim twice, was also arrested on Sunday morning, officials confirmed.

"Kasim Bangali had been picked up from the city last night and placed under arrest today," a crime branch officer probing the case said.

The second accused, Vijay Jadhav, was picked up in the wee hours of Saturday from Madanpura area by the Crime branch. The third accused was also arrested on Saturday.

On Friday, an unemployed youth from south Mumbai identified as Chand Babu Sattat Shaikh alias Mohammed Abdul (19), was arrested in the case.

He had named all the four co-accused - Qasim Bengali, Saleem and Ashfaq.

According to Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh, more than 20 teams, including 10 from the elite Crime Branch, have been formed to track down the perpetrators amid mounting public pressure and anger.

Singh, on Friday, said the police was trying to gather "clinching evidence" to ensure that the culprits get maximum punishment for the "shocking crime."

The victim, an intern with an English magazine was gangraped allegedly by five men on Thursday evening, when she and her male colleague went to the deserted Shakti Mills compound in Lower Parel area for taking photographs in connection with a story on city chawls.

The five accused, whose sketches were released on Friday, tied up the victim's friend and raped the woman in a chilling reminder of the December gangrape in Delhi.

The young scribe, who resides in western suburbs, has been admitted to Jaslok Hospital and is said to be "composed and stable."

Preliminary reports suggested that she sustained multiple internal injuries.

"We cannot give you any further information keeping in mind patient confidentiality," Dr Tarang Gianchandani, acting CEO and Director (Medical Services) of Jaslok had said. "We are doing the needful... she is under strict observation."

Condemning the assault, journalists took to streets to lodge protest. Scribes from various streams, sporting black bands on their arms and mouths, gathered in large numbers at Hutatma Chowk in south Mumbai on Friday demanding that at all necessary steps be taken to ensure that safety and security of journalists and common citizens is not compromised.

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