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Rape attempt by watchman in Mumbai: Cops seek details of recruitment


A shocking incident that took place on Friday, where a temporary watchman was arrested for attempting rape and murder of a 50-year-old woman. The police now have sought details of recruitment procedure that was followed by the security agency to hire that watchman at the Andheri building.

This incident brings back chilling memories of the Pallavi Purkayastha rape and murder case, who was also murdered by her building watchman. After that incident, the Mumbai police had laid down strict guidelines that are supposed to be followed by security agencies while appointing watchmen.

The shocking incident

The incident took place on April 20, when the accused at around 5 pm, after getting intoxicated with alcohol, went up to woman’s flat with the cable operator. The accused, Raja Shebu, who has now been arrested is in his 20’s, and was hired as a temporary watchman in the absence of regular guard.

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Soon after cable operator left, he observed that she was alone at home and tried to strike a conversation and started touching her inappropriately. When the woman raised an alarm, Shebu forced himself on her and tried to rape her. But when the 50-year-old screamed for help, he slapped and punched her. And later when he could not stop her screams, Shebu stabbed her twice in her stomach.

The victim’s 85-year-old mother, who is a paralysis patient, was in the house too, and she raised an alarm, but Shebu also tried to strangle her as well. After hearing their cries, their relatives who stay on the same floor rushed for help. One elderly man caught hold of Shebu but he assaulted the elderly man and escaped. Later, the relatives of the victims chased Shebu, and he finally was caught by a mob. The mob thrashed Shebu and handed him over to police.

The woman, meanwhile, was admitted in ICU of Cooper Hospital and was operated. The next day, she was declared out of danger.

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As per a report in Indian Express, Senior Police Inspector of Amboli Police Station, Bharat Gaikwad said, “We have not yet found any past record of Shebu. Interrogation is still on. We are also checking the procedure followed by the security agency in screening candidates.”