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Cops scan CCTV footage for evidence against five navy men

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 - 9:05am IST | Agency: dna

The Khar police are scrutinising the footage from CCTVs of a Khar pub to get evidence in a case in which a woman was allegedly eve-teased and molested by five officers of the Indian Navy.

The incident happened post midnight on Saturday, when the victim had gone to the pub with her husband. The accused also allegedly chased the victim and her husband, who took an autorickshaw, from Khar till Borivli. The five culprits were later arrested.

According to the police, the five officers were drunk. They allegedly teased the victim in the pub, following which the bouncers threw them out. However, the officers waited outside for the couple to come out. Around 1.30am, the victim and her husband came out and hailed an autorickshaw to go home.

"The officers saw them getting into an auto and they too got into two autos and started chasing them. After a while, the victim panicked and alerted the police control room. Based on this, a police team intercepted their auto under the Borivli flyover and nabbed the officers," said a police officer.

The accused have been identified as Tirthnath Dilipnath, 25, Ashish Jaikishan, 29, Maheshwar Singh, 26, Chandan Mishra, 26, and Shyam Bhandare, 29. They all work in the electronics department at the Naval Dockyard as junior sailors. Defence spokesperson Narendra Vispute refused to comment on the issue saying the matter is sub judice.

Senior inspector Vikash Sonawane said, "Senior navy officers met us on Sunday and assured us that they will cooperate in the investigation. We are checking the CCTV footage to collect evidence and have also recorded the statements of the auto driver and the victim's friends."

An official from the pub, who spoke to dna on condition of anonymity, said, "The incident took place outside the pub, so we are not aware of the details. Whenever our bouncers see any person misbehaving inside the pub, they remove that person from the premises immediately."

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