Pune: Breakthrough in Solapur Kidnapping and Gang-Rape Case: Suspect Apprehended After Nine Years

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Warje, 7th April 2024: The Warje Police have apprehended the suspect, Mauli Sakharam Rajivade (Rest. NDA Road), who had been evading arrest for nine years in connection with the kidnapping and gang-rape of a minor girl in Solapur. The incident involved the abduction of two minor girls from the Warje area by Dhananjay Sakharam Rajivade and his brother Mauli, enticing them with promises of marriage. The minor girls are siblings. Subsequently, Rajivade transported the two girls to Solapur, where Mauli, along with his brother Dhananjay and two other minors, allegedly gang-raped them.


Dhananjay was apprehended on April 5, 2014, following the registration of a case at the Warje Police Station. Now, with the recent arrest of Mauli Sakharam Rajivade, a significant breakthrough has been made in the case after nearly a decade.


Following Dhananjay’s arrest, his brother Mauli remained elusive, evading the police for nine years by constantly changing his residence and misleading authorities. Recently, Police Inspector Neelkanth Jagtap, newly appointed to the crime branch of Warje police station, undertook a comprehensive review of serious criminal cases, leading to the discovery of Mauli’s whereabouts as the prime suspect in the gang rape case.


Initiating a rigorous search operation, Police Constable Rahul Handal spearheaded the technical investigation, uncovering information suggesting that Mauli was residing in the Kondhawe-Dhawade area on NDA road. Acting swiftly on this intelligence, a dedicated police team laid a strategic trap, resulting in Mauli’s apprehension.


This successful operation was carried out under the guidance of Deputy Commissioner of Police Sambhaji Kadam, Assistant Commissioner Bhimrao Tele, Warje Police Station Senior Police Inspector Manoj Shedge, Crime Branch Inspector Neelkanth Jagtap, Sub-Inspector Rameshwar Parve, and Constables Sushant Farande, Vishnu Mhataramare, Dyaneshwar Gujar, Rahul Handal, and Ravi Gade.