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Mumbai gangrape: Survivor's colleague described the rapists very well

Say sketch artists, who were called late at night on August 22 to draw sketches of the 5 Shakti Mills rapists

Mohammad Siddiq and Nitin Yadav, the two police artists whose sketches helped the police nab the rapists of a photojournalist brutalised seven months ago, related to mid-day the hectic activity from the aftermath of the episode.

Mohammad Siddiq said he took two hours to draw the sketches of two of the accused
Mohammad Siddiq said he took two hours to draw the sketches of two of the accused

“It was one in the night when I got a call from Agripada police station. I was informed that a journalist had been gang-raped. At the moment, it was like any other case for me, but when I reached Jaslok Hospital, where the cops had first called me, I realised that the case was highly sensitive,” said Siddiq, who helped prepare sketches of two of the five accused in the case.

Nitin Yadav said he was confident of his sketches, as the friend had provided him with enough details. Pics/Sayed Sameer Abedi, Pradeep Dhivar
Nitin Yadav said he was confident of his sketches, as the friend had provided him with enough details. Pics/Sayed Sameer Abedi, Pradeep Dhivar

While mediapersons were lining up outside the hospital where the survivor was admitted, a police team escorted her colleague — the prime witness in the case — to the Crime Branch office at N M Joshi Marg for inquiries.

Siddiq was also asked to go to the Branch office. The artist said that at the station, the survivor’s companion got further disturbed by the fusillade of questions from a bevy of investigating teams. So, Siddiq asked all the cops to clear the place “so that the boy can describe the details to me with some concentration.”

“It took almost an hour for me to sketch the accused, but when I was done drawing, he was satisfied with it,” said Siddiq. He added, “Now that (four of) the accused have been found guilty, I am very much satisfied with the work. I pray that all rape cases reach a similarly just conclusion.”

Police artist Nitin Yadav, who made the remaining three sketches, said, “When I received the call I tried to postpone the assignment until the day after, since it was very late in the night. But, the officers informed me about the importance of the matter, and in minutes there was a police vehicle at my doorstep to take me to the Crime Branch office at N M Joshi Marg.”

Yadav said he could attain utmost accuracy in the sketches, as the survivor’s friend could describe the accused very well. “All the senior officials, including the commissioner of police, were waiting for me at the police station.

When I reached, they informed me about the incident and I assured them that I would do the best in my capacity. By the time I reached home, it was almost dawn the next day. As I got up, my sketches were all over the television,” Yadav recalled.

>> Mohammad Siddiq was asked to draw two of the sketches
>> Nitin Yadav drew the remaining 3 sketches
>> They said the survivor’s companion accurately described the accused

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