Mumbai: Military school trainer molests four girls, held

Nashik: A retired Army personnel working as a physical trainer with the Bhonsala Military School in Nashik has been arrested for allegedly molesting four girl students, police said on Sunday.

The alleged incident occurred earlier this week. The accused, identified as Machhindra Karpe, touched the girls of the Bhonsala Military School (BMC) inappropriately during the training, said Gangapur police station inspector Kishore More.
Karpe, who retired as Subhedar from the Army, was appointed by the BMC only in February.

He was arrested on Saturday night and booked under section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code, and provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, More said. The school, being run by the Central Hindu Military Education Society (CHMES), imparts military training along with regular education for students from class VI to class X.

According to CHMES sources, the committee headed by the school secretary Dilip Belgaonkar conducted the inquiry into the allegations. “An urgent meeting of the management committee was called, and a call was taken to dismiss Karpe, and report him to police,” they added.

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