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,”