Man who threat­ened girl with acid at­tack held

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­

A 22-year-old man from Pan­vel who had al­legedly been ha­rass­ing a 16-year-old girl for the past sev­eral months and threat­ened her with acid, has been ar­rested on Wed­nes­day.

The po­lice said the ac­cused, Nikhil Gharat, has a mo­bile phone store at Pan­vel. He used to hang around the girl’s school and also fol­lowed her to her house.

“The girl, a stu­dent of class 10, had in­formed her par­ents about it a couple of months ago, but they did not re­port it as­sum­ing the ac­cused would stop fol­low­ing her,” said Arachana Gad­have, subin­spec­tor from Pan­vel city po­lice sta­tion.

How­ever, things did not hap­pen as ex­pected. “One day the ac­cused called the girl on her mo­bile phone and said he was in love with her. Af­ter that the girl’s mother started drop­ping her to school ev­ery day,” she said. “On Tues­day, when the girl reached school with her mother, the ac­cused sent her a mo­bile phone through one of his women friends. He then called her and said he would at­tack her with acid if she did not re­spond to his over­tures,” Gad­have said.

The girl’s mother then got en­raged and re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice. Fol­low­ing an FIR reg­is­tered by her mother, the po­lice ar­rested Gharat from his res­i­dence. He has been booked un­der sec­tions 304D, 506 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code and rel­e­vant sec­tions of Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren from Sex­ual Of­fences Act, 2012.

He was pro­duced be­fore the ju­di­cial court on Wed­nes­day and has been re­manded in po­lice cus­tody till De­cem­ber 26. The po­lice have not found any crim­i­nal record against him so far.

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