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Women rights activist Trupti Desai booked under Prevention of Atrocities Act in Pune 

Desai, head of Bhumata Brigade, was also booked under Sections 341, 323, 394, 506, and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the Hinjewadi police station, along with five other men including her husband Prashant Desai.

pune Updated: Jul 07, 2017 12:49 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
Women rights activist,Trupti Desai,Prevention of Atrocities Act
Trupti Desai (in black waist coat) protests outside the Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai on August 28, 2016.(Arijit Sen/HT File Photo)

Trupti Desai, head ofBhumata Brigade was booked under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, 2015 in a case registered at theHinjewadi police station in the city on Thursday.

Desai was also booked under Sections 341, 323, 394, 506, and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) along with five other men including her husband Prashant Desai.While two other men were identified as Satish Desai and Kantilal alias Anna Gaware, two of them remained unidentified.

Vijay Annasaheb Makasare (33), a social worker and farmer from Shrirampur in Ahmednagar, alleged that while Desai was travelling with him in his car on June 26 around 11:30 am, the five men arrived in another car and forced him to stop along the service road that connects Balewadi stadium to Mumbai.

Makasare alleged that Desai then took away two of his mobile phones claiming they contained important evidence against her while four of the men forced themselves into his car, Desai and her husband allegedly sat in the car in which the men had arrived, according to Makasare.

Desai, then, handed the men wooden and iron rods with which they allegedly roughed up Makasare. He also alleged that Prashant Desai stole his gold chain while Gaware stole Rs 27,000 from his car.

While leaving, Desai allegedly warned him not go against her or face the wrath of the women's brigade headed by her. He also claimed that while leaving, Desai said that he being a ‘mahar maang’ (a scheduled caste), should not try to give her lessons on running an organisation.

A complaint stating the allegations was filed by Makasare. The total items stolen from Makasare were estimated to be worth Rs 42,500. The stolen goods have not been recovered yet.

Mother of a six-year-old boy Yogiraj, Desai first hogged the headlines in 2008 when she led a motley crowd of women to gherao the then cooperative minister Parangrao Kadam, demanding a probe into alleged financial irregularities at the Ajit cooperative bank.

In 2010, she founded the Bhumata Brigade. She was also a part of Anna Hazare's 2011 agitation against corruption. Desai’s husband Prashant had said she is extremely spiritual. “She and her entire family are disciples of Gagangiri Maharaj.”

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