5-year-old girl assaulted by teenage boy in Talegaon; villagers torch vehicles, vandalise police vans

NASHIK: A five-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by a teenage boy at Trimbakeshwar near Nashik which led to tension as angry villagers protested at several places in the district demanding his immediate arrest, police said on Sunday. The boy has been taken into custody, they said. In view of the situation, Nashik Police Commissioner Ravindra Singhal has appealed to people to maintain peace.

The 16-year-old boy allegedly attempted to rape the girl at an isolated place at Talegaon village under Trimbakeshwar taluka in the district on Saturday, Trimbakeshwar police station in-charge Mukund Deshmukh said.

On Sunday evening, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis told ANI, “The accused has been arrested and an order to file a chargesheet at the earliest has been given.”

Nashik Police informed that medical tests had been done for the minor girl. The police urged people to not create a ruckus as they were probing the case. The police also said that reports about there being more than one accused in the case were untrue. Anyone who wants information on the case can reach the Nashik police station at 02532309715/ 178, said the police.

As soon as the news of the molestation spread, tension gripped Talegoan as locals gathered at the police station on Saturday night demanding that the boy be booked and arrested. The villagers also staged ‘rasta roko’ in Wadovhare, Ghoti and Anjaneri-phata areas. Some people set tyres on fire, and also damaged a tractor in Talegaon.

A group of people also protested at Nashik Civil Hospital last night and demanded that the victim be examined by a woman doctor, Deshmukh said.

According to rural control room, some people staged rasta-rokos at Talwade village on Nashik-Trimbakeshwar road, Girnare village, which is about 10 kms from Nashik district headquarters, and near Mohadi on the busy Mumbai-Agra National Highway on Sunday morning against the incident. Police had to rush to the sites and clear the roads.

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Nashik (Maha): Villagers torch vehicle,vandalise a police van in protest after a minor was allegedly raped by a teenage boy in Trimbakeshwar pic.twitter.com/K3daf389m8
The accused has been arrested & an order to file a charge sheet at the earliest has been given: Devendra Fadnavis on Nashik minor rape case pic.twitter.com/eylYgDx3Xu
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Meanwhile, the boy has been booked under IPC section 376 (rape) and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. Nashik Police Commissioner Singhal has appealed to people to maintain peace and assured that proper action would be taken against the guilty.

With PTI inputs