February 14, 2009 11:57:27 pm
Four youths,including a minor,have been arrested for kidnapping and raping a 14-year-old girl from Balaji Nagar in Bhosari.
The police detained the four on Friday after the girl lodged a complaint with the Pimpri police station on Thursday. Meanwhile,the police are looking for three other suspects Dnyaneshwar Tandale of Bhosari,Jitu Pujari of Alandi Markal and Nitin alias Makdya,aged between 18 and 22.
The girl is a student of Class VI at Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal School. Tandale knows the girl as they are neighbours. He wanted to marry the girl but when she turned down the proposal,he threatened to kill her parents,the police said.
On January 23,Tandale and his friend Nitin tried to meet the girl at her school. The two requested her schoolteacher to let her go home along with them as her sister was ill. The teacher turned down the request.
On February 7,Tandale and his friends abducted the girl in a jeep as she came out of school. They took her to a room arranged by Pujari in Markal village of Khed taluka and kept her there for three days. She was beaten up and raped by Tandale and others,said Prabhakar Patil,Assistant Commissioner of Police.
Patil said the girl somehow managed to flee and called up her mother from a PCO. Her mother rushed to Markal village and brought her home. After hearing her daughter,she approached the police, Patil said.
The suspects have been booked under Section 376 (a) of Indian Penal Code for gang rape along with other sections for kidnapping,cheating and assault.
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