USING QUICK exchange of information on WhatsApp and pressing into service a squad of 28 policemen who had just returned from Muharram bandobast, Tilak Nagar police arrested a 23-year-old man, who was allegedly fleeing the city after raping his five-year-old niece. All of these, within one hour of receiving information about the crime.
Tilak Nagar police said the accused visited the victim on Saturday evening at her Chembur house. At that time, she was watching TV and her mother was cooking. The accused allegedly increased the TV volume, forced himself on her and fled. A short while later, the victim’s mother came to the room and saw her lying on the ground, bleeding from her private parts. She rushed her to Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar, where medical tests confirmed forcible intercourse.
“Several teams had just returned from Muharram bandobast, and even as the paperwork of the case was underway, I told them to go back and hunt down the accused. I asked the victim’s family to give us the accused’s address, and the team of 28 policemen reached the address looking for him,” said Bhagwat Sonawane, senior police inspector, Tilak Nagar police station.
The team first went to the accused’s house in Chembur, where his mother told them that he had hurriedly packed a bag and left the house. The police then clicked a photograph of the accused on their cell phones and circulated them amongst themselves using WhatsApp. Armed with these photos, the team fanned out around the locality up to the Chembur railway station, ten minutes away.
The accused was nabbed at 12:30 am on Sunday near the railway station and brought to the police station. “The accused has been charged with rape under the Indian Penal Code and for sexual assault on a minor under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act,” Sonawane added.