A school teacher, who was on the run after being accused of raping a 13-year-old student of a school in Mumbai, has been arrested from Delhi by a team of Navi Mumbai Crime Branch, police said on Thursday.
The accused, Raj Shukla, who was working a teacher at the school in Navi Mumbai, was absconding after the offence of rape was registered against him at Nerul police station in Navi Mumbai.
The alleged rape incident happened in the last couple of months. But, it came to light recently after the girl complained of stomach pain to her mother. She took her to a private doctor, who informed that the girl was four weeks pregnant. The mother then told about it to her husband, who works in Pune, police had earlier said.
The victim told her mother that her school teacher had allegedly raped her twice by threatening her with dire consequences, they said.
The victim’s parents had complained to Nerul police about the offence. Prior to it, they had also approached the school principal and complained about the teacher.
However, the school principal did not inform police about the incident, and had suspended the teacher.
Two days back, the girl’s parents and other local residents protested outside the school for not taking any action against the accused.
Subsequently, the school principal was arrested in connection with the case.
Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale found the police probe shoddy and suspended an officer for negligence, and transfered the case to the Crime Branch.
The Crime Branch formed three teams and sent them to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Delhi. One of the teams traced the accused in Delhi and apprehended him, police said.
“…Main accused Raj Shukla has been arrested and will be produced in court for custody,” Nagrale said on Thursday.