‘Gangrape’ turns out to be extortion attempt
The woman had claimed to have been raped by two men in a Fortuner car at Shindawane ghat, along the Uruli Kanchan-Jejuri route while returning from a pilgrimage from Narayanpur.pune Updated: Jun 21, 2017 15:26 IST
The gangrape case reported on Saturday that created ripples of shock in the city turned out to be fake and an attempt to extort money, said Pune rural police officials. The ‘victim’ woman had claimed that she was raped in a moving car (Fortuner) by two men near the Shindawane ghat along the Uruli Kanchan-Jejuri route while returning from a pilgrimage in Narayanpur, said Sandeep Pakhale, additional police superintendent (rural), Baramati.
The alleged accused, Prakash Chavan and Ajay Navale, were brought in for questioning on Saturday after the woman had claimed that she remembered the registration number of the vehicle in which she had been allegedly raped, the police said.
The woman had said that she had reached the Loni Kalbhor police station with the help of two men on motorcycles after the incident, following which the police had questioned the two bikers as well. The police noticed some irregularities in their answers which led them to investigate the case further.
After a thorough questioning, the youths revealed the names of the masterminds behind the alleged plot as Dada Gavhan and Sandeep Jagdale. The police are on the lookout for them while the two accused youths were let off after questioning, Pakhale said.
Gavhan and Jagdale have previous charges against them and had allegedly hatched the plan against Chavan and Navale over personal enmity. All the four belong to the same village.
The woman who had earlier stated that she was in her 30s also turned out to be in her 40s with two children, a daughter and a son, said the police. While her daughter is married, the son is a class 10 dropout and working with a firm.
According to a statement released by Shiv Sena MLC Neelam Gorhe, the woman was found to be a vegetable vendor.