Old Habits die hard. And no one can testify to this better than 48year-old Anil Vichare alias Maruti.
Vichare was convicted for kidnapping on Tuesday — his 31st conviction since he started his career in crime in 1981, aged 23.
For Vichare, Tuesday’s sentence is just one of the many he has received over the years. The Kalyan police was the first to register a case against him in 1981 in a case of kidnapping and theft. Then too, he had stolen valuables from a minor girl.
Other than theft and kidnapping, Vichare has been convicted on charges of molestation, sexual exploitation, house breaking and kidnapping minors for the purpose of begging.
A sessions court on Tuesday sentenced Vichare to four years’ rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 500 for kidnapping a minor girl in Kalachowkie.
According to the police, the victim knew Vichare as they both resided in Abhyudayanagar in Kalchowkie. Vichare kidnapped the girl on January 11, 2005, and took her to Panvel where he forcibly detained her for three days.
Then, he brought the girl back to Mumbai, and she escaped.
“Vichare targets minor girls,” said Public prosecutor Usha Kiran Makasare. “He exploits them sexually and even steals their jewellery.” Vichare was last convicted in July 1996, in a case of kidnapping a minor girl and robbery. He was released in 2000.
In his criminal career of over 21 years, Vichare has spent most of his time in custody. But for all the offences he has committed, the punishment has never been more than a four-year term in prison.
And he has clearly not learnt anything behind bars. As soon as he is released, Vichare usually commits a new offence.
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