Se­rial molester lands be­hind bars for abus­ing col­lege stu­dent

Mid Day - - CITY - SANTOSH WAGH santosh.wagh@mid-day.com

THIS is not the first time that 38-year-old Deepak Mane has been ar­rested for mo­lest­ing a girl. Last year he had mo­lested a school­girl on the pre­text of giv­ing her a lift in his em­ployer’s car. Mane, who is a res­i­dent of Indira Na­gar, was once again ar­rested on Mon­day for sex­u­ally abus­ing a mi­nor girl by pos­ing as her fa­ther’s friend. He was taken into cus­tody af­ter the 16-year-old girl ap­proached the Mu­lund cops and filed a com­plaint.

Po­lice said the in­ci­dent took place when the vic­tim was head­ing home af­ter col­lege on Satur­day af­ter­noon. “Af­ter fol­low­ing her for some time, Mane way­laid her and in­tro­duced him­self as her fa­ther’s friend. In or­der to strike a con­ver­sa­tion, he started talk­ing to her about her fam­ily. He even asked her whether she wanted a lift. The vic­tim de­nied and said that she would go on her own,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer.

There­after, the ac­cused force­fully took her to a se­cluded place near a bus stop in Mu­lund Colony and touched her in­ap­pro­pri­ately. Po­lice sources said that he even tried to hug her. “When the girl started scream­ing, he gagged her mouth and con­tin­ued to as­sault her,” an­other of­fi­cer said. While leav­ing he even threat­ened her of dire con­se­quences if she re­vealed the mat­ter to any­one. There­after, the girl rushed home and nar­rated the in­ci­dent to her par­ents. They then took her to the Mu­lund po­lice sta­tion and filed a com­plaint.

The cops im­me­di­ately swung into ac­tion and scanned the CCTV footages close to the spot where the in­ci­dent hap­pened. In one of the footages, the girl iden­ti­fied the two-wheeler that Mane was rid­ing. When the cops con­tacted the first owner of the bike, he said that he had sold it to Mane. Fol­low­ing this, he was ar­rested on Mon­day.

PIC RA­JESH GUPTA

Deepak Mane.

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