Confident that he will not be caught, Vijay Jadhav,
arrested on charges of raping a 23-year-old photojournalist on Thursday, had tea at a stall near the NM Joshi Marg police station, hours after the incident.
Not only that but he also took part in a dahi handi practice session, a few feet off the police station, for almost two hours immediately after committing the crime.
Jadhav and four others are accused of raping the woman and beating up her friend in the Shakti Mills compound, close to the Mahalaxmi station.
Jadhav, 19, who was arrested from a video parlour in Madanpura, Agripada, in the wee hours of Saturday, told the police that he left the mill compound around 7pm.
“He came straight to a building in the BDD chawl opposite the Lower Parel station where some of his friends had organised a dahi handi practice session,” an officer said. “He was there for more than two hours.”
He then had tea at the stall before leaving for his home in Dhobi Ghat. There he met another accused Salim Ansari, and the two slept at a nearby fish market.
They woke up late on Friday. After freshening up, the two went to Maratha Mandir in Mumbai Central to catch the matinee show of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.
Once they were out of the cinema they got to know that the police had arrested their partner in crime, Chand Babu Sattar Sheikh. While Jadhav fled to Madanpura and hid in a video parlour, Ansari went to Kurla and boarded a train to Delhi.
Crime branch officers of the Mumbai police, along with the Delhi police, arrested Ansari from the slums of Delhi’s Ashok Vihar area on Sunday.