Chembur minor gangrape case: Accused's phone location traced

Mumbai police on Sunday said they have traced the mobile phone location of one of the wanted accused in the minor girl gang-rape case, in Palghar district, police said.

A 15-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped at a shop in suburban Chembur last week and six accused were arrested in this connection.

Two more accused - Rajesh Rajusth and his bodyguard Vinod - are wanted in this connection, police said. "Rajesh and his bodyguard Vinod are wanted in the case and the former has applied for anticipatory bail," Bhagwat Sonawane, senior inspector of Tilak Nagar police station said.

"The last mobile phone location of Rajusth was traced at Boisar in Palghar district (in Maharashtra)," he added.
Rajesh is a close aide of fugitive gangster Vimal Rattesar's brother Ravi Rattesar, who is one of the witnesses in journalist J Dey murder case, police said.

The alleged gangrape had taken place in the wee hours of August 5 inside a lottery selling shop at Pestom Sagar area of Chembur. Rajesh is the caretaker of the shop, which belongs to Vimal and Ravi.

Rajesh had started the lottery business at Ravi's shop just two days before the gang-rape. To celebrate its launch, Rajesh had arranged a party for his employees. Out of the total six arrested accused, one was known to the survivor girl, who had brought the girl to the party on the insistence of Rajesh, Sonawane said.

"Till 1.30 AM of August 5, the location on Rajesh's mobile phone showed that he was present at the shop," he added. The owner of the shop - the Rattesar family, including Ravi - is based in Dubai, he said.

"The Rattesar brothers have gone into hiding as gangster Chhota Rajan has threatened to eliminate them for shifting their loyalties to rival gangster Chhota Shakeel," Sonawane added.

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