Mumbai, Dec 31 (UNI) Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil today expressed serious concern over the rape of a tribal woman by a driver and a conductor of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) bus and promised to take all steps to bring the accused to book.
Talking to newspersons, Mr Patil assured that if required, the Government will shift the case to a fast track court to ensure speedy trial and punish the guilty.
He noted that such an incident has never occurred on MSRTC routes and possibility of increasing police patrol and security on these routes will have to be explored.
The MSRTC officials and the local police can deliberate on whether increasing police presence along routes in remote areas is possible.
Mr Patil however, noted than an isolated incident did not mean the security on MSRTC routes was under threat.
On Friday night, the victim was on her way home to Chari Khurd in Palghar taluka, by Boisar-Barhanpur bus, after meeting her parents at Nanivali-Chiknipada, Manor in Palghar taluka.
On reaching her destination Dugadpada, she was not allowed to alight from the bus and was instead taken to the last stop at Boisar, where the bus was scheduled for a night halt. She was then dragged out and taken to an unlocked room in the nearby Grampanchayat building, and allegedly raped by the conductor, three times within a span of eight hours. The driver too outraged her modesty the next morning, police said.
Police acted promptly on the complaint filed by the victim and her husband and arrested both the conductor and driver Janu Samtya Dokphode (33) and Chandrakant Patil (54) respectively.
The victim is undergoing treatment at Thane Civil Hospital.