In a shocking incident, a 54-year-old teacher of a private Marathi-medium school in Ulhasnagar was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly sexually assaulting three minor boys and two girls.
Bhalchandra Bhangale is accused of targeting students aged eight to nine and threatening them to keep quiet.”The primary probe has revealed that Bhangale sexually abused three boys and two girls since school started on June 13,” said Mohan Wagh mare, senior inspector of Hill Line police station. “We are checking if he targeted other students in the past.”
The police have found that Bhangale, who stays in the Sahyadri Nagar area with his family , has been teaching in the school in the same locality for 27 years.
The police have arrested him under IPC sections 376 (rape), 377 (unnatural sex) and sections related to the child protection act Pocso. He has been remanded in custody till June 27.
The horrific story of sexual abuse came out when an eight-year-old student refused to go to school on Monday .His mother let him be, but got worried when he again began making excuses to avoid school on Tuesday . After some cajoling, the boy revealed that a teacher had sexually assaulted him. He added that the man had done it to others too.
The mother first went to the Hill line police and then enquired among neighbours whose kids also went to the school. The cops detained Bhangale and during interrogation, they claimed, they found out he had sexually abused four more students. The police said that since school started on June 13, Bhangale used to take one student to a vacant class room in the school and sexually abuse them. The school authorities could not be contacted.
As news of Bhangale’s arrest spread, parents of several other students of the school joined the parents of the abused students at the police station and demanded strict action against the teacher. Bhangale’s house was found locked, and neighbours said his family had moved in with relatives.