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MUMBAI: All the four accused in the gangrape of a trainee journalist in August last year at a deserted Mumbai mill have been identified, according to the prosecution.
The 22-year-old young journalist, who had gone to do a feature on the abandoned Shakti Mills with a male colleague, was accosted and then gangraped by five men on August 23.
The victim’s male colleague identified four of the five accused – Vijay Jadhav (18), Salim Ansari (27) Mohammad Kasim Hafiz Shaikh (21) and Siraj Rehman Khan (24) – during his testimony on Monday in a fast-track court here. The fifth accused is a 16- year-old minor.
According to special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, the victim’s male colleague in his in-camera-testimony “identified all of them as well as supported the statement he had given to the police initially.’’
The gangrape had outraged Mumbai and the rest of the country, leading to the speedy trial of the accused. Barring the minor, they all face life imprisonment.