Three of the accused men in police custody, five others still on the loose
The V P Road police have arrested three men who allegedly kidnapped teenagers and killed them after raping them. More than five of the gang are still at large. Police Inspector Sanjay Kamble of V P Road police station said, “The arrested accused have been identified as Rajkumar Rapanna alias Kalianna (23), Sunil Kumar (30) and Vishal Padyan (30).
The arrested accused, Rajkumar Rapanna (23), Sunil Kumar (30) and Vishal Padyan (30), worked at a catering company
They worked at a catering company. More than five of their gang members are still at large. The accused raped the victims before finishing them off.” The arrested trio was produced in court and remanded in police custody. The police mentioned a case from July in which the gang sodomised a 16-year-old boy near Girgaum Chowpatty before killing him and throwing his body in the sea.
Shakti Mills compound in Mahalaxmi, where six of the accused allegedly gang-raped a boy named Vicky and severed his head more than three years ago. File pic
Additional Commissioner of Police Krishna Prakash (South Region) said, “It is a very sensitive case. The accused committed heinous crimes. Three are currently in custody of the Marine Drive police for sodomising a 16-year-old boy before brutally killing him back in July.
They have committed more such crimes, and further investigations are under way.” Cops said the accused work at a catering firm. In July, after finishing work, six of them went to Girgaum Chowpatty, picked up the teenager and took him to the rocks by the sea. Here, they took turns raping him after stuffing a piece of cloth in his mouth.
They later killed the boy and tossed his body in the sea and escaped. The body was later found near the sea. The Marine Drive police registered a case in the matter, but it was one of accidental death; it is believed the officials shut the file without appropriate investigations.
Band of robbers
The arrest of the trio came about through a burglary case the police was investigating. Assistant Police Inspector Sanas of V P Road police said they got a tip-off that a few of the accused were involved in housebreaking and other crimes in Gulabwadi. “On December 29, plainclothes policemen laid a trap and arrested three of the accused. During the course of interrogation, police were stunned to learn that the trio was also involved in sodomy and murder.”
The three accused also revealed to the police that in September 2011, they and three others called a person, identified only as Vicky, to Shakti Mills compound in Mahalaxmi. Here, they gang-raped Vicky, stabbed him with sharp objects, severed his head, and left the body parts in the compound itself before scattering. A murder case was registered with the N M Joshi police station.
A police officer said requesting anonymity, “They are psychos. They force unnatural sex on their victims and kill them. They have admitted to committing more such crimes. About 5-8 accused of the gang are still at large.” All of them have been booked on the charges of murder, kidnapping and destruction of evidence.