Shakti Mills gang rape: Man convicted as minor externed from Mumbai for two years
The Mumbai police have externed Akash Jadhav, the now 22-year-old man who was convicted for raping a call centre employee at the Shakti Mills compound in 2013.mumbai Updated: Jun 11, 2018 01:38 IST
The Mumbai police have externed Akash Jadhav, the now 22-year-old man who was convicted for raping a call centre employee at the Shakti Mills compound in 2013.
Jadhav, who was 17 at the time of the crime, was one of two minors convicted by the Juvenile Justice Board in July 2014, and sent to the Nashik Borstal School for a three years — the maximum punishment allowed under the then Juvenile Justice Act, 2000.
Jadhav was released in 2017, but has since been booked for several serious crimes, including one of attempted murder, the police said.
In May this year, the Mumbai Police decided to extern Jadhav from the city for two years. Deputy commissioner of police, zone 3, Virendra Mishra, confirmed the development to Hindustan Times. “Jadhav has been externed from the territories of Greater Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai for two years,” he said. The ‘tadipar’ (externment) proceedings were executed in the last week of May, another police officer said.
Under section 56(1) of the Bombay (Maharashtra) Police Act, the police have the power to extern any criminal if he poses a threat to society. Once a criminal is externed, he cannot live in the jurisdiction, and can face stricter action if he does.
The police said they had to execute this preventive action, considering the number of crimes Jadhav has been involved in since his release. This includes five FIRs against him in the a year after he came out of the reform home. “There has not much improvement in Jadhav’s behaviour, despite the three years he spent at the correction home for a heinous crime,” said another police officer from the Agripada police station.
The police said they had earlier taken other preventive action against him, including getting him to sign undertaking on a bond pledging he would not indulge in criminal activities.
Jadhav, on his part, claims he is being implicated in the crimes and targeted by some people. Of the five cases against him, the complainant in three belonged to a particular group that has a rivalry with the Jadghav’s group, he said. “These people want to target their enemy by targeting me, as I belong to that group. And, since I have a gang-rape case on my head, it makes their work easy to convince the police that my friends and I are criminals,” he told Hindustan Times.