“As per the complaint lodged by the deceased’s brother-in-law, she had gone to a grocery store around 6 pm and was returning home when the accused allegedly caught hold of her and took her to a nearby secluded place and tried to molest her," said Tara Singh Patel, station house officer.
The police have booked Assistant Police Inspector Amol Tekale of ATS, Ram Jagdale of Sahkar Nagar and two women, including a Marathi film actress, who had lodged an offence of molestation against the 28-year-old actor in September last year.
The 20-year-old student, currently undergoing a computer course in Mumbai, approached Ponda police with her father on Sunday. A case under Section 354, for outraging modesty of a woman, was registered by Ponda police.
Section 354 of the IPC deals with the offence of “outraging modesty” of a woman and carries a maximum punishment of two years’ imprisonment. Shimla SP, Umapati Jamwal said the police would record the woman’s statement before the magistrate.
On December 9, 2017, Vikas Sachdev, a Mumbai-based businessman, was booked under Section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the IPC, and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).
When contacted, DCP Basavraj Teli said, “I have spoken to the police station concerned. No complaint has been received from the girls. There cannot be an FIR unless the families of the girls come forward.”