HYDERABAD: A 46-year-old vegetable vendor was arrested in Pedda Amberpet on the charges of sexually exploiting 19 women whom he met at toddy compounds and escaping with their valuables.
Though the accused confessed to have committed 19 offences, only two victims have lodged police complaints against him and rape cases have been registered.
Rachakonda police commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat said LB Nagar Central Crime Station team identified the offender as Hussain Khan, a vegetable vendor from Narapally in Ghatkesar, and arrested him near Outer Ring Road in Pedda Amberpet at 8 am on Thursday. During the interrogation, the accused confessed to have committed 17 similar offences at isolated places in Meerpet, LB Nagar, Uppal, Chaitanyapuri, Chatrinaka and Kanchanbagh since 2018. He would target women whom he met at the toddy compounds, the CP said.
“Hussain takes the women to isolated places on his scooter. Before sexually exploiting the women, he keeps his wallet in the scooter dickey. He convinces the women to keep their jewellery and cash in the dickey saying it will be safe. After exploiting the women, he quickly returns to the scooter and escapes from the spot even before the women could react,” Vanasthalipuram ACP K Purushotham Reddy said.
Last year, a 35-year-old woman had lodged a complaint with Hayathnagar police alleging that an unidentified man whom she met at a toddy compound had lured her to have sex with him at an isolated place. After exploiting her, he fled on the scooter with her gold jewellery. After a similar complaint was lodged in April this year in the same police station, a special team analysed the CCTV footage of toddy compounds and surrounding areas. “We identified that the accused was the same person and a manhunt was launched to nab him,” Bhagwat said.
Based on Hussain’s confession, police recovered nine tola gold, Rs 45,000 cash, a cellphone and a scooter from his possession. Police are trying to identify the women.
Previously, Hussain was arrested in eight property offences committed in Saifabad, Neredmet, Nallakunta, Ghatkesar, Gopalapuram, Karkhana, Chilkalguda and Tukaramgate police stations. “He used to target lovers sitting in isolated places posing as a cop and take away their valuables,” police said.
In 2016, Hussain was detained under PD Act by Gopalapuram police.
(The victims’ identity has not been revealed to protect their privacy as per Supreme court directives on cases related to sexual assault)