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Charkop rape: accused didn’t know previous victim was actor’s daughter

The 24-year-old arrested for the kidnap and rape of a minor girl from Charkop,also accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a Bollywood actor’s daughter...

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai |
May 22, 2009 2:34:18 am

The 24-year-old arrested for the kidnap and rape of a minor girl from Charkop,also accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a Bollywood actor’s daughter,has reportedly told investigating officials that he was unaware that his previous victim was an actor’s daughter.

Malad resident Pritesh Doshi reportedly said in his statement,“Had I known that she was the daughter of a Bollywood actor I would not have had tried to kidnap and molest her.”

Doshi allegedly kidnapped the girl from Lokhandwala and took her to a guest house in Madh Island last week.

Senior police inspector Purushottam Gawande from the Charkop police said,“Doshi had a peculiar modus operandi that he used in both the cases. He would approach the victim and pretend to know her. Besides,as Pritesh had studied upto SSC in an English-medium school,he speaks English fluently and has charming manners. This helped him in duping the victims. However,it has been confirmed that he did not know either of the victims before the incident.” He added that the Charkop victim has informed the police that Doshi knew her and her father’s name which suggests that he might have conducted some research on his victim.

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Gawande said that Doshi,an expert biker,has been using his bike for chain-snatching since last year. “The money gathered after selling the gold chains would be spent on pubs and alcohol. He was also addicted to charas and had consumed it on both occasions. After he was arrested several times for chain-snatching his father sold the bike. He seemed to have given up chain-snatching then,” said Gawande. The last time Doshi was arrested by the Charkop police for chain snatching was on September 11,2008.

However,at the Doshi residence,Kanak Doshi,the mother of the accused,said she and her husband are still in a shock. “He was not guilty in the chain snatching cases. A friend of his used to borrow his bike and use it for thefts. A witness noted down the number and that led the police to our house,” she said,adding,that since then they have not let Doshi leave the house for long periods without being accompanied by his father.

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