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Malayali Shiv Sena leader arrested in rape case in Mumbai

THANE: A 61-year-old local Shiv Sena leader has been arrested for allegedly raping a minor, who studied in a school run by him, with the crime coming to light after the girl recently delivered a child.

Vasudev Nambiar, a native of Kannur who is also the district deputy chief of Shiv Sena, was arrested on Friday in connection with the incident. “Nambiar also owns a school and a temple in Kashimira township of Thane,” Kashimira police station inspector Anil Kadam said.

The girl studied in class nine at the school run by the accused, who took her out several times with him on the pretext of visit to the temple and then allegedly raped her repeatedly at a place in Thane district’s Mira village in February this year.

“He also threatened the girl with dire consequences if she revealed about the offence to anybody,” he said. Police said that the girl became pregnant and delivered a premature baby earlier this week.

“Following the birth of the child, the hospital authorities reported the matter to police who booked Nambiar on Thursday and arrested him on Friday,” he said.

The accused has been charged under sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and section 4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. “He was produced before a local magistrate on Friday who remanded him in police custody till September 11,” Kadam said.