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Final arguments from Mar 6 in Shakti Mills gang rape case


Mumbai: A sessions court trying the Shakti Mills telephone operator gangrape case will begin hearing final arguments of prosecution and defence from March 6.

“Hearing of final arguments in the case is fixed on March 6,” special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told PTI today.

Police had arrested Mohammed Ashfaq Sheikh, Mohamed Kasim Hafiz Sheikh alias Kasim Bangali, Salim Ansari, Vijay Jadhav and a minor for raping the 19-year-old in the deserted compound last year on July 31, 2013.

On October 8, police filed a 362-page charge sheet against four of the accused while the minor’s case was separated.

In another case in the same compound last year, a young journalist interning with an English magazine here was raped by five persons, including a juvenile, when she had gone to the compound with her male colleague on an assignment.

Vijay Jadhav, Kasim Bengali and Salim Ansari are the common accused in the journalist’s gangrape. Other two accused involved in the crime are Siraj Rehman and a juvenile whose trial is separated.

The accused were charged with rape, criminal  conspiracy, common intention, unnatural sex under IPC sections and under the provisions of the Information Technology Act.

The crime branch had on September 19 filed a 600-page charge sheet against four accused in the journalist gang rape case.