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After month-long hunt, Mumbai Metro harasser lands in police net

The accused was recognised by two patrolling constables in Ghatkopar, who had seen a photograph of him clicked by the 24-year-old victim 

After a month-long hunt for the man who harassed a 24-year-old woman in the Metro on August 4, the police have arrested the accused from Ghatkopar.

Also read: This man allegedly harassed woman in Mumbai Metro

In hot water: Sayyad Rizwan Latif Shah
In hot water: Sayyad Rizwan Latif Shah

According to the police officials, Sayyad Rizwan Latif Shah (24), a resident of Chirag Nagar in Ghatkopar, was with his friends in his locality on August 28, when he was noticed by two patrolling constables.

This photograph was published  in mid-day on August 9 and was also circulated on social media
This photograph was published in mid-day on August 9 and was also circulated on social media

The woman who had been harassed had clicked a photo of the accused and the constables, who had seen the photograph, had the feeling that they had seen him somewhere.

Also read: MSF jawans catch 2 men for harassing women in Metro

The photograph was published in mid-day on August 9 and was also circulated on social media.

Sub-Inspector P V Pardi from Ghatkopar police station said, “Shah was with his friends and was noticed by two patrolling constables. After they saw him, they found something suspicious about him and began questioning him.”

The constables realised that Shah was wanted in the Metro molestation case and that they had come across his photograph in this paper. He was taken to the police station and arrested immediately.

“The accused was arrested on August 28 and, during his questioning, it was revealed that he is a resident of Chirag Nagar and lives with his parents. On the day of the incident, he was going to his relatives’ place in Malad and had another relative accompanying him. His family claims that he is mentally unstable and that is why he keeps staring at people.”

Shah has been booked under Sections 354A (sexual harassment) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code. He was remanded in judicial custody and was bailed out yesterday for a bond of Rs 10,000.

The case

On August 4, Shah had allegedly harassed the 24-year-old working professional by staring at her non-stop from Ghatkopar to Andheri on the Metro.

This had made the woman uncomfortable and she had registered a complaint with the D N Nagar police. The case was then transferred to the Ghatkopar police, who were on the lookout for the accused based on the photograph shot by the victim.

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