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Former BJP corporator’s nephew arrested under POCSO Act for impregnating minor

In a shocking incident, Navghar Police has arrested the nephew of former BJP Corporator for raping and impregnating the 17-year-old minor, on Thursday night. Police have registered a case under the POCSO Act and Navghar police are conducting further investigations.

According to police sources, the minor girl is two months pregnant. The main accused Yash Keluskar(19) is the nephew of a former BJP corporator in MBMC Prashant Keluskar.

Yash met the minor girl while playing Garba during Navratri in Bhayandar, last year. Later, they became friends and were meeting regularly. However, according to the Navghar police, the victim and Yash’s friendship later turned into love. Yash along with his friend took the victim on his four-wheeler to the reputed College Road in Bhayandar. And, at around noon he sexually assaulted her in the car. Whereas, his friend was standing outside the car observing the passers-by.

According to the police sources, Yash’s uncle and other BJP leaders were creating political pressure to avoid the arrest. However, seeing the seriousness of the crime, the police has arrested the victim and his friend. “We did not succumb to the pressure,” said the sources.

However, when contacted Sampatrao Patil, Senior Police Inspector, Navghar Police Station, he denies any political pressure.

After receiving a complaint from the victim’s side, Navghar police has registered a case against Keluskar under the POCSO Act and his friend for helping him in the crime. The accused have been charged under sections 4, 8 and 12 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act 2012 and Sections 376 and 34 of the IPC. We produce them before the Thane Sessions Court and Judge has granted seven days police custody for further investigation,” said Saheba Pote, API and Probing Officer in the case.

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