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THREE YOUTHS have been arrested and one more detained Saturday for allegedly assaulting and molesting a 20-year-old girl studying at a Symbiosis college on the Senapati Bapat Road. The assailants had also allegedly tried to kill the girl by injecting her with a poisonous fluid. According to police, the attack is the fallout of a one-sided love affair. Senior officers including police commissioner Rashmi Shukla visited Deccan police station to review investigation in this case.
The arrested accused have been identified as Sagar Kumar Alkunte (25), resident of Shankar Math, Hadapsar, Surabh Kiran Jagtap (22), of Gokhale Nagar and Tinu Warghese Mathew (20) of Kala Borate Nagar in Hadapsar. The police are also questioning their aide Harsh Sunil Solanki (20) of Kumar Puram in Mukund Nagar in this case. The victim had lodged a complaint in this case at the Deccan police station on October 6.
The police said the suspect Sagar was following the girl since 2012. He is a road contractor but allegedly told the girl he was also a student of Symbiosis college and proposed marriage to her. After learning that he had lied to her, the girl stopped talking to him and rejected his marriage proposal. However, the police said the he kept following her and was harassing her by making calls and sending messages on her cell phone.
The police said that at around 11 am on October 6, when the girl walked out of the Symbiosis college campus with her friend and friend’s brother after finishing her exams, a group of at least eight persons including Sagar intercepted them. The youths allegedly assaulted the girl and her friends and molested her. The girl then lodged a complaint with the Deccan police station and the accused were booked under sections 143, 146, 149, 354 (d), 324, 323, and 506 of the Indian Penal Code. Meanwhile, the police said the girl filed one more complaint alleging that the assailants tried to give her a poisonous injection. The police have then invoked section 307 of the IPC against the assailants.
The police said Jagtap and Solanki are college students and Tinu is a web designer and animator. Deputy commissioner of police (zone 1) Sudhir Hiremath said search is on for the other assailants in the case. Police said they have procured CCTV footage on Senapati Bapat Road in which the group of youths is seen assaulting the girls and her friends. Police inspector Suchita Khokle is investigating the case.