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