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Mumbai gang-rape: One suspect is a minor, other a police informer
Wednesday August 28, 2013 8:17 PM, ummid.com News Network

A day after newspapers reported that one of the suspects in Mumbai's Shakti Mill compound rape of a photo journalist was a police informer, a TV channel Wednesday claimed that one of the accused arrested in the case is a minor.

The extensive investigation has been studded with controversies. The first suspect to be caught, 12 hours after the sexual assault, is a juvenile, according to his birth certificate, NDTV reported Wednesday.

When he was arrested, his grandmother furnished a document where his date of birth seemed to have been altered. Now, a record from the municipal corporation corroborates that the suspect was born in 1997. Since he is 16 years old, he has to be tried by a juveniles court, and if convicted, he will face a maximum of three years in a reform home, the report said.

The police had vehemently contested his family's claims that he is under-age, declaring him to be 19. Officers handling the case have revealed his name, a violation of the law.

On Tuesday, newspapers had reported that one of the main suspects arrested in the case was a police informer.

"The main accused in the Mumbai gangrape case – Mohammed Kasim Hafiz Shaikh alias Kasim Bangali – was a regular police informer", the The Indian Express had reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, call data records of the accused show that over the last month, Bangali was in touch with a police constable posted at the Agripada police station.

A 22-year-old woman photojournalist was raped by five men in an abandoned textile mill complex in central Mumbai after her male colleague was beaten and bound Aug 22.

The photojournalist was on an assignment for an English magazine and had gone to the desolate area to take pictures of the abandoned factories when she and her male companion were attacked by the rapists.

 


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