The Panvel Taluka police have arrested a 22-year-old man from Assam for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl from Arunachal Pradesh.
The accused, Kiran Das, was on Thursday arrested under rape charges.
Das worked with a private company at Panvel and lived in a rented house at Wavanje village, the police said. He met the girl, from Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh, a few months ago on a social networking site and befriended her. Under the pretext of marriage, Das convinced her to come to Mumbai.
Maloji Shinde, senior police inspector of Panvel Taluka police station, said, “The girl left her home on November 20 and reached Panvel after four days. She started staying in Das’ rented house. During her stay, he established a physical relationship with her.”
The girl’s parents, meanwhile, registered a missing person’s case with the local police in Arunachal Pradesh and were searching for her.
“After a few days, the girl called her family from the accused’s mobile phone and informed them about her whereabouts. She also gave the accused’s bank account number and asked for Rs5,000 so that she could return,” Shinde said.
Meanwhile, the Arunachal police informed the Delhi police about the complaint. The Delhi police narrated the entire incident to their Mumbai counterparts following which a few NGOs reached Panvel.
“The girl’s family had deposited Rs5,000 to the accused’s bank account. So we expected him to come to the bank or nearby ATMs to withdraw cash. We laid a trap and caught him on Thursday. The girl was rescued too,” Shinde said.
The police have booked the accused under Section 376 (punishment for rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act.
He was produced before the judicial court on Thursday and has been remanded in police custody.
The police have not found any criminal precedent against the accused.