Kidnapped girl says Ahmednagar police hit her

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A girl kidnapped from Ahmednagar on January 3 and rescued from a brothel in Shirpur in Dhule on January 5 has told Pune police that the Ahmednagar police not only refused to register her complaint but a senior police officer, believed to be additional superintendent of police (SP) Sanjay Barkund, hit her and her fiance with a belt claiming they were trying to register a fake case.

Barkund allegedly used abusive language at a constable from Koregaon Park police station who accompanied the two to Ahmednagar with the case papers on Wednesday, January 9. Ahmednagar police finally registered a case on Thursday. The statements of the girl, her fiance and the constable were registered at Koregaon Park police station on Thursday late evening.

The girl was on Friday admitted to Sassoon Hospital for treatment.

Barkund denied the allegations and told the media that the girl was injured when she was beaten in the Dhule brothel.

The 18-year-old girl from Uttar Pradesh was going to Shirdi temple in a four-wheeler along with her fiance living in Pune on January 3, when they halted at Ahmednagar. The girl was allegedly kidnapped by four unidentified persons including a woman, when her fiance had gone to the washroom around 6.30 pm.

The girl was allegedly dumped at a prostitution den in Dhule and beaten by brothel-keepers when she refused to sleep with customers.

She reportedly sought help from a brothel customer who called up her fiance and informed him about her on January 4. The fiance contacted Pune police through local activists. Pune police informed the Dhule police and the girl was reportedly rescued on January 5.

Shirpur police, however, took no action against the brothel where the girl was allegedly dumped and beaten. On returning to Pune, she filed a complaint with the social security cell against the four alleged kidnappers. The case was registered at Koregaon Park police station on January 8. The case was to be transferred to Ahmednagar police as the kidnapping took place in their jurisdiction.

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