Mumbai: The Amboli police have arrested three men for stalking two women and their male friend on Thursday, while they were out for a walk. The three men, who were on Activa scooters, rode past the women many times at Amboli and stalked them for 10 minutes. The area where this incident occurred falls in the DN Nagar police station jurisdiction and the case was later transferred from Amboli. The DN Nagar police have booked the trio under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code pertaining to stalking.
In the intermittent hours on Thursday, the complainant woman and her two friends were walking past the JP Road at Amboli, when three men on two Activas rode rashly and passed lewd remarks. This stalking continued for the next 10 minutes which made the women feel unsafe. The complainant then threatened to call the police, dialled the police control room on 100 and reported the incident.
She tagged Mumbai police on Twitter and shared her harrowing experience, which she later deleted after being helped by police, for the fear of exposing her identity. “Three men on two bikes around 2am in Amboli were stalking and making us extremely uncomfortable in Andheri. One was wearing an orange t-shirt, another was in a white shirt and was spectacled (was also wearing bermuda shorts).’ The woman also gave partial plate numbers of the accused on the Twitter post.
The Mumbai police team promptly replied to the woman’s tweet and forwarded the matter to Amboli police station. On Thursday afternoon, Bharat Gaikwad, the senior inspector then handed over the case to Police Inspector (PI) Daya Nayak, who traced the accused trio within three hours with the help of CCTV camera footage. He also asked the Mumbai Regional Transport Office (RTO) officials to provide details of the two wheelers to help nab the accused and seized the Activas.
The three accused have been identified as Ganesh Jadhav, (40), Jaisingh Chauhan, (48) and Ravindra Jadhav, (38). PI Nayak said, “The accused men have confessed to their crimes. They were identified after we traced the complainant from her social media accounts and asked her to file a formal complaint with the police.”
One of the girls who was being stalked admitted that she feared to approach the police, initially. However, their experience renewed their faith in the force. “We were scared and shying away from filing an official complaint but Mumbai police was extremely patient and helped us navigate through the process.”