Woman al­leges rape by 48-yr-old MIDC con­sta­ble

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent ht­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

AC­CORD­ING TO PO­LICE, THE COM­PLAINANT HAD AL­LEGEDLY STOLEN CHOCO­LATES FROM A SU­PER­MAR­KET IN POWAI ON FE­BRU­ARY 6

MUM­BAI: The Powai po­lice ar­rested a 48-year-old po­lice con­sta­ble on Satur­day for al­legedly rap­ing a woman who was a sus­pect in a theft case. Mad­hukar Avhad, the ac­cused, is posted as a naik at the MIDC po­lice sta­tion, said Powai po­lice. A se­nior po­lice of­fi­cial said they are in the process of sus­pend­ing Avhad.

Se­nior in­spec­tor of Powai po­lice sta­tion Anil Pophale said, “The ac­cused was pro­duced be­fore a mag­is­trate court and has been re­manded to po­lice cus­tody.”

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the com­plainant had al­legedly stolen choco­lates from a su­per­mar­ket in Powai on Fe­bru­ary 6. When the su­per­mar­ket au­thor­i­ties alerted the po­lice, the woman said she will not steal again and will pay for the choco­lates.

Po­lice said the in­ci­dent took place in Powai po­lice’s ju­ris­dic­tion but Avhad, who was on ban­dobast duty near the su­per­mar­ket, went out of his way to in­ter­fere in the case. He as­sured the woman that a theft case will not get reg­is­tered and took her phone num­ber. Avhad then called up the com­plainant ask­ing her to come to the po­lice sta­tion if she wanted to clear her name from the case. The woman ig­nored Avhad’s phone calls but he called her mul­ti­ple times and even threat­ened her with ar­rest.

On Fri­day, Avhad forced the com­plainant to meet him in Powai, po­lice said. When she ar­rived, he took her on a bike to a ho­tel room at Aarey road and al­legedly raped her there.

Avhad then dropped her near Powai from where she re­turned home. He also told her that she will have to come again when he calls her. The woman told her hus­band about the in­ci­dent af­ter which he took her to Powai po­lice sta­tion on Satur­day.

The Powai po­lice then reg­is­tered an FIR un­der sec­tions 376 (2) (a) (be­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer com­mits rape) and 506 (crim­i­nal in­tim­i­da­tion) of the IPC.

While the woman’s med­i­cal test re­ports are awaited, Avhad will also have to go through a test, po­lice said.

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