The police are trying to trace former encounter specialist and senior police inspector Arun Borude, who has been accused of raping a 15-year-old girl from Powai early this year.
Rajnish Seth, joint commissioner of police (law and order) told the Hindustan Times that Borude has been untraceable. “The local police are trying to trace him,” Seth said, confirming that Borude is has now been named an accused in the case.
Police sources said Borude’s name has been added in the case diary as an accused but Seth refused to comment saying the contents of a case diary are confidential and cannot be disclosed to anyone. Sources said the commissioner of police has directed a senior police officer to examine whether this is a case fit for Borude’s dismissal from service under article 311 of the Constitution of India.
“The details of call records and the identification of the flat where the offence took place have given evidence to book him,” a senior police officer said on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to media. The police are also looking for another accused, a realtor, who is also likely to be arrested.
The girl’s mother lodged a complaint on November 1 after the victim delivered a premature girl on October 17. The victim has alleged that she was raped repeatedly since March.
The victim, who lives with her family in Powai, told the police that a widow from her neighbourhood had forced her to indulge in sexual acts with two men she did not know. The woman, Shanta Gaikwad, who worked as a domestic help in housing societies at Powai, also ran a commercial sex racket, the victim alleged. The Powai police arrested Gaikwad on November 1 for allegedly luring the girl and sending her to the flat where she was raped.
The girl had identified the apartment in which she was allegedly raped. Located in Kondivita at Andheri (East), the flat is not far from the place where Borude lives with his family. Sources said the girl has told the police that Borude had gifted her the mobile phone she was using.