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MUMBAI, Aug 28: Even as Mumbai Police on Wednesday took all the five accused in the gangrape of a 23-year-old journalist to the crime spot in the Shakti Mills compound here to reconstruct the sequence of events, it has turned out that one of the accused was a police informer.
Under the supervision of Joint Police Commissioner Himanshu Roy, police brought all the five accused – Kasim Bangali, Salim Ansari, Vijay Jadhav, Chand Babu Sattar Shaikh and Siraj Rehman Khan – to the spot where they gangraped the photojournalist last Thursday and videotaped all the details of the crime from them.
Further, confirming police doubts that they are repeat offenders, the accused have also allegedly told the cops that they once molested a woman who came the abandoned mills with her man for seeking privacy. They allegedly took her photos and warned her that these will be circulated if she told her ordeal to anyone.
The accused have also confessed to raping a commercial sex worker and a ragpicker in the abandoned complex. According to cops, “All these three previous attacks took place in the past six months.’’
Now, it has also turned out that Kasim Bangali, the main accused in Thursday’s gangrape, was reportedly an informer for Mumbai Police.
The local Mid-Day daily has reported that Constable Salim Mujawar of Mumbai Police and the main accused were in constant touch over phone between July-end and the date of crime.
Though a shamefaced police top brass has denied that the main acccused was their informer, Kasim Bangali’s mother Chand Bibi insists that her son was a police informer.
“She claimed the constable often rode down on his bike to their shanty in Kalapani area of Saat Rasta, after which Bangali would accompany him to a nearby spot where they would talk for a while,’’ Mid-Day said.
“Every week, Mujawar used to come down to our hut, riding his black bike that had a sticker saying ‘Police’ in Marathi. He would take my son to a nearby lane and they’d talk for about 10-15 minutes. After that, my son would come back to the house. When I asked him what they spoke about, he wouldn’t tell me, saying only, ‘Ammi, tumhe kya karna hai yeh sab se, par main police ki madad karta hoon, yeh dhyaan mein rakho’,” Chand Bibi told the newspaper.
Challenging the Crime Branch of Mumbai Police to make their call detail records with her son public, she said, “If they are saying that the constable had not called my son Kasim Shaikh Mohammad Hanif Shaikh, I request them to make public the call details records of my son as well as Constable Saleem Mujawar of Unit III of Mumbai Crime Branch.’’