Mumbai gangrape: Shakti Mills, a haven for druggies
No cops to guard compound
The deserted mill compound, which is spread across 12 acres, is a haven for drug addicts. The compound, with its overgrown foliage, offers a perfect hideout and the structures inside with broken pillars, stairs and windows resemble a haunted mansion.
On the second floor there is huge open space where drug addicts play cricket matches and betting is done. The winning team blows up the prize money on alcohol and drugs.
There are no cops deployed to stop them.
There is no electricity inside the compound, and even during the day there are several places inside the mill that are pitch dark and scary.
Two hours of Horror
> The 22-year-old victim and her colleague walked through the service track from Mahalaxmi station towards Shakti Mills around 5.30 pm for an assignment.
> There are two entry points to the compound from the service tracks. The victim and her friend entered the mill compound from one of the points.
> After entering the compound, the two started taking pictures of the deserted mill.
> Two of the five accused spotted them and approached the victim.
> They said that the compound was a restricted area and taking pictures required special permission.
> The two accused then took the victim inside the compound and started harassing her.
> When her colleague protested, the accused slapped him several times and tied him to the branch of a tree.
> After securing her companion, the accused turned to the victim and threatened her with a broken alcohol bottle. They then went on to rape her in turns.
> After the monsters had raped the girl, they clicked her pictures on their phones and threatened to upload them on the Internet if she lodged a complaint against them.
> Around 7 pm, the victim got up and helped release her colleague. They then called her
office and informed them about the incident.
> The victim was bleeding profusely and was rushed to Jaslok Hospital by her colleague.
> The hospital authorities informed the NM Joshi police station about the incident around 8.30 pm.
> The police arrived at the hospital and recorded the statements of the victim and her colleague.
-- Saurabh Vaktania