A day after a 17-year-old girl was gang raped by three men at Kalyan, crime branch have arrested two accused whose chilling confessional has left no room for doubt that our bustling railway stations are no longer safe for anyone.
In their statement to the police, the arrested duo reportedly said that the teenaged victim was taken to the roof of a platform at Kalyan station and raped for over two hours. Investigations have revealed that the accused also operate as robbers on long-distance trains.
On Tuesday, a 17-year-old resident of Dombivli approached the Government Railway Police and alleged that she had been raped by three men. Though the railway cops immediately registered a case of rape, when they found that she was outside the platform when she was abducted, they transferred the case to Mahatma Phule police station.
Sources say railway cops were largely relying on the girl’s statement in which she said that she was taken out of the station and raped. However, On Wednesday, Kalyan crime branch managed to arrest two accused who told the cops that they had abducted the girl from the CST end of platform no 1 at Kalyan.
“She was with her friend when the trio spotted her. They approached the couple and assaulted the boy with a blade. The boy fled from the spot leaving the girl alone,” said inspector RC Patil, whose team arrested the two accused. He explained that while the friend was on hi way to the police station, the trio took the girl towards a railway overhead bridge. “Once atop they got on to the roof of platform no. 1 through the gap in the railings. They stuffed the girls’ mouth with a piece of cloth and for the next two hours took turns in raping her,” said Patil.
Patil explained that the 17-year-old, who has just completed her HSC, ran away from home on June 20, after her a heated argument with her family over her friendship with a boy. She left for Pune to be with her friend.
However, next day she left Pune on the Chennai Mumbai Express, which arrives at Kalyan at around 2 am. Sources say, at Kalyan, she called her friend Devendra, who stays in the vicinity to give her company at the station, as the next train to Dombivli was only at 4.30 am.
The three accused spotted the couple while they were waiting for the train. Sources reveal that the CST end of the platform is deserted and popular with local thugs and drug addicts.
Crime branch was able to make a breakthrough in the case after constable Prabhakar Borade, acted on a tip off from one of his sources.
“I got a lead from a mobile thief I had arrested recently. We went to the spot where the suspects normally hang out and detained one Zakir Jamil Khan,” said Borade. During the interrogation Zakir claimed that while he was with the other two accused he did not touch the girl as he was scared. He led the cops to another accused, Anil Kumar Pathak.
The cops are on the lookout for the third accused Babu. The three accused are small-time vendors who also steal from passengers on long distance trains.
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