Shiraz Rehman Khan, Vijay Jadhav and Kasim Bengali faced the wrath of the women, who attacked them with eggs while they were being escorted to a jeep after being produced before the court. (JPN/Agencies)
The women, claiming to be members of a political party, raised slogans and demanded strict punishment for the alleged rapists. Earlier, the trio was further remanded to the police custody till September 5.
The custody was extended after Crime Branch told the court that they are yet to recover some clothes of the accused and hence their remand is required.
Meanwhile, another accused could not be brought before the court after his family produced a ‘certificate’ saying that he is a minor. However, the police did not reveal as to what kind of certificate it is.
On being asked if he will be produced in a Juvenile Court, DCP and police spokesman Satyanarayan Choudhari said that discussion related to the issue is underway. "As of now, we cannot say anything about it and in which court he will be produced," he said.
In the meanwhile, Kasim Bengali, a history-sheeter, moved an application before Additional Metropolitan Magistrate Uday Padwad, saying that he is a minor and cannot be produced before the regular court.
His claim has however been rejected and it was observed that last year, when he was tried before a court in Girgaon in another case, he was treated as an adult. Also, his physical appearance does not suggest that he is a minor.
The fifth accused, Salim Ansari, who was nabbed from Delhi, is already in police custody till September 5.
The 23-year-old photojournalist was allegedly gang-raped by the five accused in the defunct Shakti Mills compound in Parel area on the evening of August 22. The victim, who works with an English magazine, was on an assignment when the dreaded incident took place and her male colleague was also beaten up brutally by the accused.
The incident went on to draw a stark reference to what happened in Delhi on 16 December 2012, when a paramedical student was gang-raped on a moving bus and her male companion was also assaulted.
Shiraz Rehman Khan, Vijay Jadhav and Kasim Bengali faced the wrath of the women, who attacked them with eggs while they were being escorted to a jeep after being produced before the court.