Mountaineer, who scaled Mt Everest, in prison for attempted murder
A man identified as Rahul Babu Yelange, 33, a resident of Vadgaon Budruk, was arrested by city police on Saturday for attempted murder and domestic violence against his wife. Yelange was a part of a group from Pune who scaled Mount Everest in 2012.
Pournima Yelange, his 31-year-old wife, had approached police against her husband and in-laws after he allegedly tried to strangle her to death, according to her complaint.
A case under Sections 307 (attempted murder), 498 (a) (domestic violence), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered against five members of the Yengale family at Sinhgad road police station. Rahul Yengale was arrested and sent to judicial custody at Yerwada Central Jail by a local court.
"They had a love marriage and lived together for some time before they went to a Gulf country for work. He is a mountaineer by profession. They lived apart for the past few months. The incident happened in March, in Pournima's apartment in Erandwane, where she lives. He came to her house and they got into a fight after which he tried to strangle her, according to her complaint. We are investigating the case and the claims now," said assistant police inspector (API) MM Salunkhe of Sinhgad road police station.
"She has also alleged domestic violence and demand for money. She says she has proof of transactions made from her account to his," said API Salunkhe.
The reason behind the delay in filing a case against the mountaineer will be a part of the investigation, the police said. The two had a love marriage on January 23, 2013, and were in the headlines a couple years after their wedding for social boycott they allegedly faced in their village of Bhogaon in Raigad. While he has studied up to Class 12, Pournima is a lawyer.
"I never met them, but I represented them. They had complained that their cowshed was burnt down," said advocate Asim sarode who represented them in 2015.
In her complaint and in the subsequent case, Rahul Yelange's parents, Babu Ramchandra Yelange, Alka Balu Yelange, and two sisters have also been named. While one of his sisters is not married, the other sister has divorced her husband. They all live in a house in Suvarnanagari Housing Society located in Sinhgad road area of Pune. The parents and the sister will also be questioned in the case, the police said.