Mumbai profs held for ‘molesting’ colleagues

Two professors of the Mumbai University were Friday arrested for molesting three colleagues, the police said.

Assistant sports teacher Nilesh Lohar, 43, and head of department, Physical Education, B N Chougule, 56, were arrested nearly 10 months after the allegations were first levelled against them.

Their complainants — an assistant sports teacher, a librarian and a sweeper in the physical education department — claimed that neither university officials nor the police took their case seriously; instead they were harassed. It was only after they met the Police Commissioner that the accused, whose bail pleas were rejected by a court earlier this month, were arrested.

The university authorities, the police said, had issued a warning to the accused after the victims first approached them.

"Even after the court order, Lohar and Chougule were not arrested. Only when I gave a letter enclosed with the court's order to the commissioner the arrests were made on December 14," said one of the victims.

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