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Mumbai gangrape: Police to prove criminal conspiracy with new witness


Shawan Sen,CNN-IBN
Sep 18, 2013 at 12:15pm IST

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Mumbai: New details have emerged in the Mumbai Shakti Mills gangrape case that make the case against the five accused watertight. CNN-IBN has accessed the details of the chargesheet in the case and has learned that Section 120B, criminal conspiracy, will be now added to the charges.

This comes after a new witness has emerged who will testify to the fact that two of the accused made a call to three others asking them to join them. The chargesheet will be filed on Thursday.

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The statement of the survivor has also been recorded before a magistrate. CNN-IBN has also learned that the soil samples from Shakti Mills has matched the samples found on the accused and survivor's clothes.

The police had claimed they have more than sufficient evidence against the five accused - Salim Ansari, Vijay Jadhav, Mohammed Kasim Hafiz Shaikh alias Kasim Bengali, Siraj Rehman Khan and a minor.

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"We will file the chargesheet very soon with whatever evidence we have gathered so far. If we come across some more evidence at the later stage, we will file a supplementary chargesheet," a crime branch official said.

The photojournalist was allegedly gangraped by the five on August 22 evening when she had gone to the Shakti Mills compound with a male colleague on an assignment.

Police had recently received a forensic report confirming that DNA samples found on the victim matched with those of the suspects. Police had also recovered five mobile phones, possessed by the accused at the time of the crime.

(With additional information from PTI)

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