After being instructed by the Bhoiwada court to apply stringent sections against Surendra Chavan, 54, whose ‘negligence’ led to the death of a 45-year-old commercial sex worker, the Bhoiwada police booked him under section 304 (II) of the IPC that stands for causing death due to negligence.
He was earlier booked under section 304 (A) of the IPC that stands for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Section 304 (II) attracts a maximum imprisonment for 10 years as against a maximum sentence of two years under section 304 (A) that was applied earlier. Also while 304 (II) is a non-bailable offence triable in the Sessions court, 304 (A) is a bailable offence that can be tried by a magistrates court. The court remanded Chavan to the custody of Bhoiwada police till April 24.
Meanwhile the Bhoiwada police investigating the death of Julie, a commercial sex worker, who fell off the second floor of a building located inside the railway quarters in Parel on Thursday night while escaping, said that neighbours of Surendra Chavan alerted his wife about him having called over a commercial sex worker.
“We also suspect that Chavan’s wife doubted that he would call women to their residence in her absence. Hence when she left on Thursday she told him that she would be away for two days, however returned that very night,” said an officer from Bhoiwada police requesting anonymity.