16 December 2019
Bhubaneswar: A teacher who was sentenced to life for raping two minor girls in Rajkot is on the run. This teacher, Dhaval Trivedi, is a serial offender who jumped parole after being released in July 2018. Trivedi mastered the art of getting himself employed in primary and secondary schools and give private tuitions. Later he used to elope with local girls or his students.
Trivedi's case has been taken up by the CBI which has written to the State Government to keep a watch. Odisha's School and Mass Education Department has written to the DEOs and BEOs to make sure that Trivedi is not recruited in any of the schools in Odisha.
"Besides, thorough verification may also be made regarding his involvement in the education system of our state (Odisha) for further needful action in the matter early," the Department stated in its letter to the schools.
While handing over Trivedi's case to the CBI, the High Court had observed, "It appears from the materials on record that the respondent namely Dhavalkumar Hareshchandra Trivedi, is a hardcore criminal. He is a convict accused of the offences punishable under Sections 363, 366, 376 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 4, 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, (for short 'POCSO')."
The court said Trivedi was a habitual offender luring college-going girls and was responsible for "ruining" the life of many innocent girls. Gujarat police formed multiple teams which indicated that Trivedi travelled by trains and stayed near railways stations.
CBI has registered a case against Dhawal in the Nidhi Khakhar kidnapping case. Dhawal kidnapped Nidhi from Chotila (Surendra Nagar, Gujarat) on 11 August 2018. He chooses a remote area. He works from private tuition to the principal of a school, then runs away with a woman or minor, the agency stated.