Bangalore, Aug 27: According to the report published in Saamna, Marathi daily in Maharashtra, the three of the five accused in Mumbai photojournalist's gang-rape case are said to be NCP (National Congress Party) activists, two accused Chand Sattar Sheikh and Salim Ansari are closer to former minister and NCP MLA Sachin Ahir.
A photograph has been published in Saamna showing the two accused joining and welcoming the NCP leader during Eid celebrations.
The report also says that one more accused is also present in the photograph.
NCP leader Sachin Ahir was a minister of state for Housing and Slum Improvement in the coalition government of Maharashtra led by Congress and NCP and he is said to be a nephew of underworld don Arun Gawli.
All five accused in the brutal gang-rape were arrested three days after the incident.
Mumbai police chief Satyapal Singh said that three of the five accused, Chand Bahu Sattar Sheikh, Vijay Jadhav and Mohammed Qasim are history-sheeters and had criminal records against them and no one among them is a juvenile.
The 23-year-old victim is an internee with an English magazine, was allegeldly raped by the five accused at the Shakti Mills compound in Parel are in central Mumbai on Aug 22 when she had gone there with a male collegue on an assignment.
The incident also rocked the nationwide outrage and also saw many protests which was a chilling reminder of the December 16 Delhi gang-rape case last year.
(with agency inputs)