DNA | Last Modified - Nov 08, 2011, 04:19 AM IST
Mumbai: The DN Nagar police on Monday proceeded to record the statements of eyewitnesses in the Amboli murders, where two youth, Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandez, were killed after they got into an altercation with eve-teasers.
The incident took place on October 20, when the duo was attacked for standing up to goons who were eve teasing their girlfriends outside a surburban restaurant in Mumbai.
Senior police inspector V Bhoite of DN Nagar police station stated that the accused have been additionally charged with Sections 354 (insulting the modesty of woman) and 506 (criminal intimidation) under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in the First Information Report (FIR).
Experts said that this will help in making the prosecution's case stronger during the trial. "Based on the statements given by the witnesses, we have added two more sections to the FIR," Bhoite explained.
According to the FIR, the brawl ensued when Jitendra Rana, the prime accused was getting too close to the group (victims). Avinash Bali, a member of the group asked him to keep his distance. However, Rana continued his behaviour and told Bali that he was acting smart just because he was accompanied by girls. Bali slapped him and this prompted Rana and three of his accomplices and return with choppers, the FIR revealed.
The FIR stated that the accused then assaulted the victim with it, killing Santos (October 20) and seriously injuring Fernandez, who succumbed to his injuries on November 2.The police are in talks with special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam for fighting the case.
The investigating officer has been changed in the case.
The police have also sent the clothes of the accused and the deceased, apart from the arms used in the murder, to the state forensic laboratory for scientific investigation.