Pune: Five days after the horrific incident of a woman blinded by her molester was reported, Pune Rural police managed to arrest the suspect. The suspect had changed his attire, acted like a beggar and also wore a mask to hide his identity after he absconded from the crime scene, however it was police constable Harish Shitole who ‘unmasked’ the molester.
A woman was molested and her eyes gouged out by the suspect on November 3 in Nhavara village of Shirur tehsil. The woman has lost her sight as both her eyes have been damaged in the attack by the molester. It was a challenge before newly appointed Superintendent of Police (Pune Rural) Dr Abhinav Deshmukh and his teams to nab the suspect who could not be traced with the help of technology as he did not use any mobile device. Dr Deshmukh had formed seven police teams for investigations but they were clueless for almost five days after the crime incident came to light.
Several policemen were deputed on ‘traffic bandobast duty’ at the Chakan chowk on Monday (November 9) as usual. A man wearing worn out clothes came to the traffic police and asked for alms. The beggar asked the police personnel standing there to give money for buying tea and vadapav. Most of the policemen ignored him, but Police Naik Harish Shitole sensed that the beggar’s movements were suspicious.
Shitole took the beggar to the side and removed his mask on face. Shitole then clicked a photo of the beggar and sent it to Police Inspector Umesh Tavaskar. This photo was later shared with all police teams working on investigating the case. A while later, it was revealed that the man in the photo was the suspect Kundalik Sahebrao Bagade. Even though the suspect’s appearance was similar to a deranged man, he had shaved his beard and did a hair-cut after allegedly committing the crime. He used to pretend as a deaf and dumb person. Shitole immediately detained him and checked for his bag in which some items were recovered.
Pune Rural SP Dr Abhinav Deshmukh too took serious cognisance of the incident and was actively involved in the investigation process for the past five days. Dr Deshmukh used to stay back at Shirur and Nhavara till late night to take a review of the progress made in investigation and then return to his residence in Pune city. He had also formed seven teams comprising Additional SP Milind Mohite, Sub Divisional Police Officer Rahul Dhas, Local Crime Branch Police Inspector Padmakar Ghanwat, Shirur Police Station Inspector Praveen Khanapure.