Now-a- days young children are seen involved into the bigger crimes and ruining their life from early age. One such young gang leader of 16-year-old was arrested by the Thane Crime Branch for rape and murder case. It is demanded by the Crime Branch officers that they wanted the minor to be tried as an adult as he had led this attack, as well as three more cases of assault and murder. Read the whole story here.
It looked like the Thane Crime Branch hit a jackpot when they arrested a gang of four criminals, which was headed by a 16-year-old boy, for allegedly raping and murdering a 22-year-old girl and stealing valuables worth Rs 1.6 lakh in Kalyan.
These four were also accused in three other recent cases in Thane and are identified as Nitin Wagh (19), Nitesh alias Nitya Bhagwan Bhoir (20), Ravindra alias Ravi Wagh (20) and their 16-year-old leader. The accused are tribals from Bandarpada in Kalyan.
Two sharp weapons, an Android mobile phone, a laptop, and gold chain have been taken into custody from the accused by the police.
The incident occurred when the gang broke into an apartment in Kalyan and killed a 22-year-old girl after the minor gang member raped her on April 14. Param Bir Singh, Commissioner of Police, Thane said that “The accused had walked away with her mobile phone and jewelry worth Rs 1.6 lakh.” The victim had recently appeared for MPSC (Maharashtra Public Service Commission) exams.
Nagesh Lohar, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Thane Crime Branch said, “The minor confessed that he had first assaulted the 22-year-old and then raped her. We are waiting for the post-mortem reports.” As the minor was the mastermind, cops said they will try that he be treated as an adult. Singh added, “We will appeal in the juvenile justice court to treat the minor as an adult as he was the main accused and mastermind of the gang.”
The victim used to live with her brother and sister-in-law. Her brother realized something was wrong when he heard someone shouting ‘chor, chor’ (thief, thief) from the flat below theirs.
As said by the police officials, “In his statement the brother told the police that he and his wife were sleeping in the bedroom, while the victim was in the hall. He found that his bedroom door was locked from outside. He phoned his neighbors, who then broke into his apartment and opened the door. He then found his sister lying dead in the hall. Her throat was slit and her clothes torn. She was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was declared dead.” The cops are now awaiting the victim’s medical reports, which will determine if she was raped or not.
Mobile helped to arrest
The accused were traced by the police through the victim’s mobile phone which they had stolen. “The accused did not know how to use the mobile phone. They removed the victim’s SIM card and put their own on the phone. We could still trace their location that helped us arrest them,” said Devidas Beware, senior police inspector, Central Crime Detection Unit, Thane Crime Branch.
ACP Lohar added, “It was a newly formed gang that had the minor as its head. They were committing crimes in want of a lavish life. Being from the same vicinity, they knew the buildings and the bylanes.”
More three cases were registered against the gang at Khadakpada police station.
The first one took place on April 8 when the gang allegedly assaulted two guards name Deepak Kumar Mahut and Sanjay Yadav at a Siddivinayak developer’s complex in Shahad. A case was registered under Sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.
On late April, 9 nights, Deepak Bhoir, a guard at a Century Chemical office in Shahad, was murdered and his body was buried in the compound. The case against the accused was registered under Sections 302 (murder), 201 (Causing disappearance of evidence of offense, or giving false information to screen offender) and 34 of IPC.
On April 10, a resident of Mangeshi Paradise in Shahad, Sanjay Singh (28), when tried to stop the accused from robbing a mercury bulb in the morning, the gang assaulted him with a sharp weapon. This resulted in another case against them under Sections 326 (Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and 34 of IPC.
The gang with the help of a 16yr old accused has committed many crimes which cannot be taken lightly. The court will have to take it as a serious concern and treat all the gang members with ultimate and harsh punishment. Well, it’s still too shocking to believe that a minor boy has committed all these severe crimes.