Pune: Members of Jogeshwari Co-operative Housing Society located in Shukrawar Peth have come out in support of Assistant Police Inspector Rajendra Thorve, who was booked for molestation and assault after Rupali Shah, a member of the society, got into a scuffle with him over a society issue.
Around 35 people claiming to be residents of the society were present for a press conference at Patrakar Bhavan on Thursday, where they said that the complainant has lodged a false complaint against Thorve. They also blamed police officials for taking a hasty decision in lodging a case of molestation against Thorve. Thorve works with the State Anti-terrorism Squad.
According to Rupali Shah, on October 25, some welders had come to the society to remove a parking shade. Shah was told that they had been sent by Thorve. When she started recording the incident, she was attacked by Thorve and was beaten up. Shah alleged that Thorve touched her inappropriately and hence, a complaint of molestation was filed by her in the case.
The society members alleged that Rupali has frequently threatened them with police complaints. Bharti Dodmise, a member of the society, said that Rupali has frequently caused trouble for residents. “We live in fear as Rupali threatens of lodging a molestation case against our family members. API Thorve has over 35 years of police service, how can he be involved in molestation?” said Dodmise. Rupali refuted the allegations made by other society members.
Speaking about the case, Assistant Commissioner of Police Bajirao Mohite said that they had to act as per the complaint filed by the complainant. “Our investigation is in progress and we will surely find out about the incident,” added Mohite. Police officials said that society members should solve issues amicably and not take law in their hands.