Palghar: A 23-year-old man from Maharashtra’s Palghar district was arrested for allegedly holding his former lover captive in a lodge and raping her overnight. Police said that the incident occurred on the intervening night of February 10 and 11.

The accused named Faisal Saifi and the woman had been in a relationship since 2017. The couple broke up recently. Saifi had secretly filmed their intimate moments and used to blackmail the woman into maintaining a physical relationship with him, a police official told PTI.

On Sunday night, he called the woman to the lodge under the pretext of deleting the video clippings, but raped her repeatedly by holding her captive, the officer said.

Saifi finally allowed the victim to go on February 12 morning, the officer said. The woman then approached the local police station and lodged a complaint against Saifi. Police arrested Saifi under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for rape and criminal intimidation.

In another incident whch took place recently, a woman, aged around 20, was allegedly gang-raped by 10-11 men near Issewal village in Ludhiana. The incident took place on February 9, but came to the fore on February 10 when the victim informed the police. According to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) VS Brar, the victim informed the police that she, along with her friend, were going in a car from Ludhiana city towards Issewal village on Saturday night when their car was stopped by two unknown men on a motorcycle. The men on bikes started throwing bricks on the car and then dragged them out. Those bike-borne men later called few more men and raped the woman, the police said.”A woman complained that 10-11 people stopped her car while she was travelling with a friend and raped her. FIR has been registered and medical examination is being done, an investigation is underway,” he said. The case is currently under investigation.

(With agency inputs)