Pune : Deccan Express | Pune crime | A 17-year-old boy from a rich family was beaten with a bamboo stick by four youths demanding money from him. Three accused have been arrested. Two of the arrested are studying in higher education institutions in the city.
The three arrested youths have been identified as Rohan Gunjal (19), a resident of Yerwada, and Chetan Ranpise (20) and Ashutosh Bhujbal (19), both residents of Bhairavnagar. The third accused Akhil Palande (26) is absconding.
The victim lodged a complaint at the Vishrantwadi police station in this regard.
According to details given by the police, Ashutosh Bhujbal is doing his MBA. Chetan is pursuing a hotel management course while Rohan is employed. The complainant is from a well-to-do family. The four accused know him well.
The complainant used to give the accused a couple of thousands whenever they demanded some money in the past. This emboldened them to demand more and more money.
Meanwhile, the accused took him to a temple in the Dhanori area. Chetan Ranpise then called up a common girlfriend and told her that they had brought the boy to Dhanori and cut the call. Then Palande told the boy that he was supposed to give them Rs 1.5 lakh. They demanded the said amount from him.
The boy expressed his inability to pay the money. Hence, they beat him up with a wooden stick. They also dealt blows after pushing him down to the ground. The boy then called up his mother and told her that he was being beaten up.
The accused escaped from the spot leaving him alone. The boy went home. The family contacted the police and the complaint was lodged. API Nikam was investigating further.