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Gang rape probe gives crime branch leads in two murder cases

Thursday, 1 May 2014 - 7:10am IST | Agency: dna

The crime branch, which is probing the alleged gang rape of a housewife from Aarey Colony, seems to have stumbled upon leads into two other cases that had remained undetected so far.

The sleuths have detained four people of whom two are suspected of raping the woman on April 26, while all of them are part of a gang that is believed to have committed two murders in the recent past. In the gang rape case, the woman had named her landlord's son and three of his aides.

According to the 21-year-old complainant, main accused Velapandi Marianna Harijan had initially offered her money for sexual favours. But when refused, 26-year-old Harijan and three others allegedly raped her at knifepoint. They also threatened her husband, stated her complaint.

Crime branch sources said of the four accused, they have detained two men. Investigation into this case has thrown up vital clues in the murder cases resulting in the detention of two others. All the four men have a criminal past.

"Two other detained members of the group have admitted to have committed two murders about two months ago that had remained unsolved. In one of the cases, a driver was killed in Mira Road allegedly by this group and his body was dumped at an isolated spot. They allegedly took away his vehicle too," said a crime branch source.

He added that the suspects also took the police to the place where they had thrown the body. "We verified with the local police station and learnt that they had indeed registered a case of finding an unidentified body during that period. We are yet to get details about the second case which the group claims to have committed," he said.

The police said they are on the lookout for two more people involved in the gang rape case. They said after attacking the Aarey Colony woman, two of them had fled to Pune and were supposed to board a train to Chennai. But the police tracked them down and brought the two to Mumbai.

Sources said once the absconding accused are apprehended the police will place all six under arrest and press charges.

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