9-yr-old girl ‘raped’, cops re­lease ac­cused’s sketch ST bus col­lides with truck, 17 in­jured

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

The NRI po­lice have reg­is­tered a case af­ter one nine-year-old girl was al­legedly raped by an uniden­ti­fied per­son at Be­la­pur vil­lage on Fri­day.

The ac­cused is still at large. The po­lice have re­leased the ac­cused’s sketch.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, around 2.30 pm, when the girl was go­ing for tu­ition class with her six-year-old brother, the ac­cused called both of them to the fifth floor of a de­serted build­ing. He as­saulted the boy ask­ing him to keep quiet and raped the girl in front of him.

The ac­cused then fled. The girl told her par­ents af­ter reach­ing home. “We have reg­is­tered an FIR. How­ever, the med­i­cal re­ports sug­gest that she was not raped. Based on the de­tails by the girl and her brother, we have re­leased the ac­cused’s sketch,” said Shekhar Bagde, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of NRI po­lice sta­tion.

“We are scru­ti­n­is­ing the footage of the CCTV cam­eras in­stalled in the area,” he said.

A case un­der sec­tions 363 (pun­ish­ment for kid­nap­ping), 376 (pun­ish­ment for rape), 354 (as­sault or crim­i­nal force to woman with in­tent to out­rage her modesty) and 323 (pun­ish­ment for vol­un­tar­ily caus­ing hurt) of the IPC and sec­tions 4, 6, 8, 10 of Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren from Sex­ual Of­fences Act was reg­is­tered against the ac­cused.

As many as 17 peo­ple were in­jured af­ter a state trans­port (ST) bus they were trav­el­ling in, col­lided with a truck on Mum­bai-Goa high­way on Fri­day night.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the bus which was packed to ca­pac­ity was com­ing from Khed to Borivli in Mum­bai. As it was cross­ing the Palaspe area near Pan­vel around 9.45pm, the bus col­lided with a truck which was go­ing to­wards Goa.

“Seven­teen peo­ple in the bus suf­fered mi­nor in­juries in the ac­ci­dent. There were no chil­dren among them. They were rushed to MGM hos­pi­tal in Kamothe and were dis­charged af­ter ba­sic med­i­cal treatment within a few hours. No one had to be ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal,” said Tri­nath Ma­hadik, po­lice sub in­spec­tor from Pan­vel city po­lice sta­tion.

“It ap­pears that the ac­ci­dent took place be­cause of rash driv­ing of the truck driver, Ashok Jad­hav, 50. We have ar­rested him from the spot. He was alone in the truck when the ac­ci­dent took place. He has been booked un­der sec­tions 279 and 337 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC) and sec­tion 184 of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Act,” he said.

Se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers said that the on­go­ing road ex­pan­sion work is the main rea­son be­hind fre­quent ac­ci­dents on Mum­bai-Goa high­way. The ex­pan­sion work is go­ing on even at the area where the ac­ci­dent took place on Fri­day night.

The Raigad po­lice last year con­ducted a sur­vey on the road and iden­ti­fied 55 ex­tremely dan­ger­ous ar­eas that had seen max­i­mum ac­ci­dents over the past five years.

“Traf­fic of­fi­cials have been de­ployed at all those spots. We have also writ­ten to the state to take some req­ui­site mea­sures as soon as pos­si­ble,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer from Raigad dis­trict.

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