Shiv Kumar Yadav, the 32-year-old driver accused of raping a woman executive on Friday night, was arrested in another rape case in his home district of Mainpuri in April 2013, and was currently out on bail. In fact, he has been named in at least eight different cases at two police stations here, including molestation, theft, chain snatching and two cases under the Uttar Pradesh Goonda Act — all of which are pending trial.
As reported by The Indian Express today, Yadav was also named in a rape case in Delhi on December 13, 2011. He was arrested and spent seven months in jail, but was acquitted about a year later, reportedly due to lack of evidence.
Confirming the cases against Yadav, Mainpuri SP Srikanth Singh said, “Yadav was arrested for raping a woman from the neighbouring village of Nanglatar in April 2013. He had raped her and robbed her of her belongings, including her jewellery. We registered a case under Sections 376 and 394 of the IPC. A chargesheet was filed and the case is now pending trial.”
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Of the 13 police stations in Mainpuri, two police stations — in Ellau and Kisni — located near Yadav’s home in Ramnagar have registered eight criminal cases against him. Police described him as a “notorious criminal”.
At the Ellau police station, there are six cases against Yadav — a rape case, a molestation, two cases under the Uttar Pradesh Goonda Act, a house break-in and a gambling case.
According to police records accessed by The Indian Express, the case of the attempted theft after a break-in, registered under Sections 457, 380, 511 of the IPC was reported in 2001. Yadav allegedly scaled the wall of a house in his village, but was caught and beaten up by the villagers who handed him over to the police.
The molestation case dates back to 2003. Besides molesting the woman, Yadav is alleged to have beaten her up also. A case was registered under Section 354 of the IPC.
At the Kisni police station, about four kilometres from Ellau, a case was registered against Yadav under the Arms Act in 2006. The same year, a chain snatching case, under Section 356 IPC, was also filed against him.
“He was a goonda and never showed any signs of remorse. Each time he was arrested and brought to the police station, he would create a ruckus… he would say he had made a mistake. He was very difficult to handle… When he left the police station, he would say he would return soon. He was never afraid of the law,” said an official at Ellau police station.
“Most of his targets were women. He would identify his victim and chase her,” said another official.
Yadav’s school friend, Manoj, also a driver, claimed that Yadav had molested a girl from the village when he only 16 years old. “He was with two other people and didn’t hesitate even once while holding her hand forcefully… The elders in the village spoke to his parents and asked them to counsel him. The girl’s family and Yadav’s family reached a compromise and the matter was settled,” he alleged.
Police said Yadav attended all his trial dates and has not defaulted on any so far.