A serial sexual offender, who had targeted over six children in Bhopal, has been arrested, police said. The matter came to light after the accused – Saurabh Jain, 27, alias Sonu – was arrested on Saturday for the March 25 abduction of a four-year-old girl from Chuna Bhatti.
Jain had managed to escape even though the girl was rescued, police said, adding that they tracked him down on Saturday. It was only after his arrest that the authorities discovered that he was an alleged sexual offender with more than half-a-dozen cases against him in different police stations of Bhopal.
While Jain had allegedly abducted minors in all the cases, he was booked for rape, attempted rape and sodomy in five of them. According to police, Jain worked as a trader – transporting goods in a Maruti van to shops across the city. On that day too, he was on his rounds when he chanced upon two girls at Chuna Bhatti. Though the older girl – aged 10 years – refused to go with him, he managed to abduct the four-year-old. However, the child began crying, and noticing that there were police personnel around, he sped away after letting her off.
Superintendent of police Anshuman Singh said that cases were registered against Jain at the Aishbagh, Ashoka Garden, Chuna Bhatti and Bazaria police stations.
Jain had committed his first crime as a teenager, police said, adding that he did not show any sign of remorse after his arrest. This was the eighth case registered against the accused in Bhopal, and he had even been imprisoned.
When asked how Jain managed to evade the law for so long, a police officer said, "He earlier lived in Pushpa Nagar, and the cases against him were registered at the Aishbagh police station. But he later shifted residence to Kotwali." However, a nodal officer will now supervise the investigation and ensure that his past records are drawn from various police stations to create a strong chargesheet for the trial, he added.