Mumbai crime: Cops arrest driver who molested passenger

Mar 08, 2015, 08:25 IST | Shirish Vaktania

The 30-year-old accused, who had kidnapped and molested a girl at Kandivli West on Wednesday night, was arrested yesterday from his residence in Charkop

The Charkop police have arrested a 30-year-old rickshaw driver in connection with the molestation of a 24-year-old girl at Kandivli West. Shravankumar Upadhayay, a father of three, was arrested from his residence in Charkop yesterday morning. The molestation took place on Wednesday.

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Mumbai: Cops arrest driver who molested passenger

The incident
According to the police, the victim is an MBA student, working at a private firm in Vile Parle. After attending classes at Malad West, she would take the auto rickshaw to go home everyday. Last week, Upadhyay was standing at the rickshaw stand outside the classes and dropped the victim to her house. The next day, he again waited for her and dropped her home. He also shared his mobile number with the girl and asked her to save it in case she ever required an auto rickshaw.

On Wednesday night, the victim took the same auto rickshaw at 10 pm. After crossing Kandivli, the accused started asking why she hadn’t called him on his mobile. He didn’t stop at her building, and instead took her towards Mahavir Nagar and molested her at an isolated spot. The girl managed to hit him with her bag and fled the spot. Later, she filed an abduction and molestation complaint at the Charkop police station.

The police traced Upadhyay’s whereabouts from the mobile number he had given the victim and arrested him from his residence yesterday. The accused will be produced at the Holiday court today.

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