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The father of the Jalna rape victim has claimed that the police, which used his 17-year-old daughter as “bait” to trap the accused on two occasions, blamed him when their first attempt failed on July 7.
The victim was allegedly raped on July 6 by two men, who also took her phone and made a video of the incident. She went to the Taluka police station to file a complaint on July 7. While she was registering her complaint, she received a phone call from the accused, asking her to come to Mantha Chowk with Rs 2,000 and take the phone back. The FIR was left unfinished as the police came up with a plan.
Around 2.30 pm, a lady constable escorted the victim in a non-police vehicle to the spot. Her father followed on his bike. But the accused did not turn up.
“After the first operation failed, investigators blamed me for everything. They asked me why I couldn’t just trust them and told me that the accused had spotted me and fled,” he said.
Unable to catch the accused on July 7, the police came up with another plan to nab the accused on July 9 — again by using the victim as “bait”.
“The victim, however, mistook a regular patrol van which passed by her house as the escort vehicle and thought that was the signal for her to leave for the spot,” said Special Inspector General of Police, Aurangabad Range, Vishwas Nangre-Patil.
The girl, who was alone, was then intercepted by the accused and allegedly raped for the second time.
The girl’s father, 50, said it was the police’s “over-confidence” that led to the second rape.
He claimed he warned the police that the stretch where the girl was supposed to meet the accused on July 9 was unsafe. “The police paid no heed. I specifically told them of a spot that I wanted cordoned off. That is the exact spot where my daughter got raped for the second time… Vinod Ejjapawar (the local branch officer who came up with the plan) told me I should not worry and that his team was ready,” he claimed.
He also claimed that “there was no one monitoring our daughter’s movement from our home”. “Police asked my daughter to meet the accused without fear, told her they are behind her. My daughter believed them and got raped,” he said.
The accused, identified as Nitin Savle (19) and Sanjay Havare (21), have been remanded in police custody until July 18.
Recalling their arrest on July 10, the father said, “She must have slapped both of them at least 20 times. That’s when I realised she was tired, broken.”
His daughter has now been sent to New Delhi.
The father also claimed that after she was raped for the second time, she tried to set herself on fire but the family stopped her. He further claimed the police had a photo of the accused, but kept it from her because they wanted to catch them red-handed.