Updated: October 8, 2021 7:16:08 pm
The Maharashtra Railway Police on Thursday arrested a Superintendent of Police (SP) with the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Mumbai for allegedly molesting a woman on a train journey between Hyderabad and Pune.
The accused, identified as Navi Mumbai resident Dinesh Chavan, has been charged with sexual harassment, police said.
NCB officials said that Chavan had been on medical leave for the past several months as he was undergoing treatment for some illness.
According to an official, the incident took place during the early hours of Thursday when Chavan (35) was returning by train from Hyderabad, where he had gone for a court hearing. A 25-year-old woman, who was in the same compartment, complained that Chavan touched her in an immodest way, took out her undergarments from her bag, sniffed them and placed them on his chest. The woman then raised her voice following which other passengers woke up and overpowered Chavan.
The ticket examiner recorded the statement of the woman following which the accused was handed over to the Parli Railway Police in Aurangabad. He was charged under section 354 (A) (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and produced before the court, which sent him to police custody.
Confirming that Chavan was posted with the bureau, an NCB, Mumbai official clarified that he was not part of any of their operations.
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