A minor girl was found by the police on Saturday, two months after she had left home with a 22-year-old man.
Booked for kidnap and rape, the man managed to give the slip to the police, who then questioned the 17-year-old girl, found she did not know where he was, and sent her back home.
“On the night of January 24, we finally found the girl at Saransang village in Khopoli,” said Senior Police Inspector RC Patil of the Naupada police station. “We were unable to catch her lover Roshan Dalvi (22), who has several cases against him.”
Patil feared Dalvi had received a tip-off and escaped. “The duo lived there as paying guests,” Patil said. “Though the girl went with Dalvi of her own accord, we have booked Dalvi under Section 376 (rape) and Section 363 (kidnap) of the Indian Penal Code as the girl is a minor.”
Earlier this month the case had snowballed into a controversy, the result of a meeting between the girl’s father and Vidhan Parishad Deputy Chairman Vasant Davkhare on January 11 followed by the transfer of the then senior police inspector of the Naupada police station, Balchandra Kulkarni.
In his complaint filed, the girl’s father had said she was seen by the family going outdoors about 1.30 am on November 24.
The complaint said the family stepped out and saw her talking to a man near a blue Tata Indica. It said when her mother called out to her, the man pulled her into the car and drove away. The complaint mentioned that Dalvi used to trouble the girl by calling her on the cellular phone.
The police first arrested Dalvi’s brother, Hemant (24), the owner of the Indica, and seized the car. Later, the police also arrested some other relatives and friends of Dalvi to get information.