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Pilots harass girls at Mumbai cafe

india Updated: Jun 05, 2008 01:04 IST
Megha Sood
Megha Sood
Hindustan Times
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A fun dinner with friends at a popular Andheri restaurant turned out to be a horrifying experience for three collegians.

On Tuesday evening, three trainee pilots and their 61-year-old flight instructor were arrested for allegedly molesting and threatening three college girls at Pop Tates on Andheri-Kurla Road. They have been remanded in judicial custody till June 18.

According to the police, Kedar Maniyar, 25, Snehal Bhatt 21, and Jay Mehta, 21, study at the Kingfisher Training Academy in Andheri (East) where Captain Vilas Prabhakar Naik is a flight instructor. However, the institute denied that the four are associated with it.

On Tuesday evening, the three men met Naik, a former Air India pilot, to collect notes from him at Pop Tates and allegedly had a quite a few drinks.

After a while, an inebriated Mehta allegedly asked the three girls seated on the next table to join them.

“When the girls refused, the four men got angry and abused the girls. They even told the girls that they ‘would not be able to get out of the restaurant alive if they did not join them’. Mehta then pushed the girls and even touched them inappropriately,” said Senior Police Inspector Jaywant Vatkar, of the Saki Naka police station.

One of the girls called her parents who reached the restaurant within minutes, but the men allegedly continued humiliating them.

“The girls are shaken by the episode and do not want to talk to the media,” said Vatkar. “We have four witnesses, including restaurant manager Santosh Shetty, who informed the police.”

The four men were arrested for outraging the modesty of a woman and criminal breach with Prohibition of Alcohol Act of breach of peace after consuming liquor.