Mumbai: The grandmother of one of the accused in the Mumbai gangrape case, has said that her grandson was not present at the scene of the crime at the time of the incident and that he had run away. In fact, she showed CNN-IBN his tampered birth date card, claiming that he is a minor.
Speaking to CNN-IBN, the grandmother of one of the five accused said she herself took her grandson to the police. "The police did not arrest my grandson. I took him to the police station and got him arrested."
"My grandson has said he is innocent and is not a party to the crime. It was his friends who committed the heinous act. His friend called him to scene of the crime. When he went there, he saw what had happened and he fled the place after that," she said.
The Mumbai Police has arrested two of the five accused in the gangrape of a 22-year-old photojournalist and has also recovered some evidence. Both the accused have been sent to police custody till August 30. Police sources say beer bottles that were allegedly used by the perpetrators for threatening the survivor have been recovered.
Sources say the clothes of the first accused have also been recovered. Meanwhile, police sources also say that two of the five accused have house breaking and dacoity charges registered against them.
Sources say three of the accused had mobile phones and the records are being analysed. The rape survivor's mother had called her twice before the incident but the accused forced her to say everything was alright, police sources said. They also said that after the incident, the male colleague called the boss and the girl's mother.
The Mumbai crime branch arrested another accused in the Mumbai gangrape case. The second accused was arrested from a South Mumbai video parlour late on Friday night.
A massive hunt is on for the remaining three alleged perpetrators who are on the run. The first accused in the case was arrested on Friday and had reportedly confessed to his crime while he also identified the other four.
The police has said that all five accused are local residents and had accosted the 22-year-old photojournalist while she was taking some pictures of the mill. Addressing a press conference in Mumbai on Friday, Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh had said the accused told the woman and her male colleague that they were on railway property and photography was not allowed there.
The police had also released the sketches of all accused on Friday. The sketches were prepared on the basis of the details given by the photojournalist and her colleague. Over a dozen police team have fanned out across the city and a massive manhunt has been launched to arrest all the culprits. The survivor had also named two of the suspects, police said.
The 23-year-old photojournalist was allegedly gangraped by five men on Thursday evening at Shakti Mill in Parel area of Central Mumbai. The woman was accompanied by a male colleague, who was gagged and bound while she was raped.
Meanwhile, the doctors treating the gangrape survivor say she is stable, but decision on her discharge will be taken later on Saturday.