The Charkop police have arrested three people for allegedly molesting a 17-year-old girl on a busy road in Kandivli (west) on Monday. The police are hunting for two more in connection with the case. The incident happened around 5:30pm near the Gaurav Hotel on Old Link Road.
The girl, a resident of Malad, was travelling with her female friend in a rickshaw. They were on their way to her friend's house near Gaurav Hotel.
Aanand Koli, senior PI, Charkop police, said: "When they reached her friend's house, her friend told her she would go in and get some cash to pay the rickshaw driver. Then girl then sat in the auto for some time and then got out. At this point, a group of five men in their early 20s saw her and approached her. They started teasing her and used obscene language. The terrified girl was now scared, she left the auto and started walking ahead. The men followed her," said Koli.
The girl then flanked another rickshaw, but before she could board, the men started groping her. Following this, the girl ran for her life and reached another lane, where she was spotted by a beat marshal from Charkop police station.
"The constable was on patrol duty. He saw the girl running, suspected something was wrong and questioned her," added Koli.
She then told him what had happened. The constable then accompanied her to the spot where the incident happened. "She identified one of the accused, and he was taken to the station. A case was registered after which two others from the area too were picked up. We are hunting for two more of the accused," said Koli. The three live in the same area and do small-time jobs for a living.
The three accused, Fayaz Khan (20), Naushad Khan (24) and Saroj Khan (20) have been booked under IPC sections 354 (assault or criminal force to outrage the modesty of a woman), 34 (common intention) and relevant sections under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act. They have been remanded in police custody till March 13.