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    Shooting academy employee arrested for molestation

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    An employee of a shooting academy run by Olympic bronze medallist Gagan Narang has been arrested for allegedly molesting a 12-year-old girl during a training camp, Pune city police said on Wednesday. The alleged incident took place between May 14 and 20.

    Rudra Gowda Patil (24), the accused, works as a player-manager at the Gun For Glory shooting academy in Pune.

    A case was registered against him under relevant sections of the IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO), said a senior official from the Hinjewadi police station.

    The accused allegedly touched the girl inappropriately while issuing her a gun at the camp, he said.

    “The girl narrated the incident to her grandmother and subsequently the academy was informed,” said the officer.

    After the case was registered on Tuesday, Patil was immediately arrested, he said.

    Pawan Singh, director of the academy, said the accused was suspended immediately after the incident came to light and police were also informed. “We are cooperating with the authorities in their investigation,” he said. Patil had joined the academy recently, Singh added.

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