Patil suspends policeman

Nearly two months after an girl travelling along with her fiance was kidnapped from Ahmednagar and rescued from a brothel in Dhule told Pune police she was allegedly beaten up by additional superintendent of police Sanjay Barkund,the state government has decided to suspend him.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Updated: April 17, 2014 10:40 am

Nearly two months after an girl travelling along with her fiance was kidnapped from Ahmednagar and rescued from a brothel in Dhule told Pune police she was allegedly beaten up by additional superintendent of police Sanjay Barkund,the state government has decided to suspend him.

Home Minister R R Patil made the announcement while answering a question in the state legislature on Thursday.

On January 3,the girl,originally from Uttar Pradesh,was going to Shirdi in a four-wheeler along with her fiance,who stays in Pune,when they took a halt at Ahmednagar. The girl was allegedly kidnapped by four unidentified persons including a woman,when her fiance had gone to the washroom around 6.30 pm.

Pune police had said the girl was allegedly dumped at a prostitution den at Shirpur in Dhule and was beaten by brothel-keepers when she refused to enter the flesh trade. She reportedly sought help from a brothel customer to call up her fiance and inform him about her plight a couple of days later. Her fiance contacted Pune police through local activists. Pune police informed the Dhule police and the girl was reportedly rescued from the brothel.

On returning to Pune,she filed a complaint with the social security cell against the four alleged kidnappers.

The case was registered at Koragaon Park police station and was to be transferred to Ahmednagar.

Raju Shetty to hold drought conference on April 10

Independent MP and Shetkari Sanghatana’s leader Raju Shetty said he would organise a conference on drought on April 10 in Satara to highlight the “lackadaisical approach” of both the state and the Central governments towards the drought situation in the state. The meeting would be preceded by various rallies by farmers originating from various parts of the state.

Shetty,who was addressing a press conference in the city on Thursday,said the Central government’s Rs 1,500-crore package to the state to mitigate the drought was not enough.

“At present,the government is giving relief packages worth Rs 50,000 to orchards,which needs to be increased to Rs 1.25 lakh. Also,the price of milk should be increased by Rs 5 per litre. It would help farmers survive such tough times,” he said.

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