Days after a video showing a man assaulting a 20-year-old girl and her mother in Kothrud went viral triggering widespread outrage, Pune Police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla said Wednesday she too was shocked by the incident.
Shukla, currently in Hyderabad for training purposes, said, “Like Puneites, I am also shocked by the incident… The police will take strong action against him.”
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The accused, Milind Kale (45), was granted bail on Tuesday after a one-day police custody.
Police sub-inspector Vikram Rajput, who is the investigating officer in the case, said they would file a charge sheet in the case soon.
Kale stays in Akash Darshan society in Kothrud. He stays on 8th floor while the complainants stay on 6th floor.
Kale was charged with assaulting 20-year-old Sejal Saraf and spitting at her mother when they attempted to prevent PMC officials from taking away stray dogs from their housing society.
Sejal was taking care of the three pups, which were two months old. When they were being taken away on a complaint by Kale, Sejal convinced civic officials not to do so. When they left empty-handed, Kale got furious and assaulted the mother-daughter duo. He allegedly used expletives, questioned their character and even spat on the face of Sejal’s mother.
Sejal apparently a lost a tooth when Kale repeatedly beat her.
After the video of the incident went viral, there were demands for strong action against Kale from several quarters.
Shive Sena spokesperson Neelam Gorhe said they had submitted a memorandum to the police to file attempt to murder case against Kale. “He is a threat to women of Pune. He should stay behind bars. It’s shameful incident,” she said.
Maruti Bhapkar of Swaraj Abhiyan, while demanding police security for the two women, said Kale posed a threat to the complainant and he should not be allowed to enter the society gates. ‘’It is clear Kale can do anything….if he can act so brazenly in a public place, the you cannot trust him. The police should provide security to the two women.’’