• 50-year-old teacher elopes with 2 minor girls in Rajkot
     August 18th, 2012     Kunal     Posted in Education In Gujarat, Gujarat in News

    In a bizarre incident, a 50-year-old divorced teacher of a reputable school in Padadhari, roughly 22 km from Rajkot, has eloped with two minor girl students.There is no trace of teacher Dhaval Trivedi of Dr Dipchand Gardi National School and the two class XI girls, both aged 16, since July 25. Both the girls were living in the campus of this residential school.Trivedi also lived in the same campus. One girl is a resident of Moti Rakhudad village of Lalpur taluka of Jamnagar, while the second is a native of Jamkhambhaliya town.

    Managing trustee of the school Ashok Kanjariya lodged a complaint of kidnapping with Padadhari police station against Trivedi, a native of Vadodara, on July 29.

    Police said that both girls left the hostel at around 3 am on July 25. “When a sweeper asked them where they were sneaking out at the odd hour, they told her that they have permission from their teacher,” said A J Jadeja, circle police inspector, Padadhari police station.

    The trio’s last location was traced to Kerala on July 31 from Trivedi’s mobile phone. However, the sim card number revealed that it was purchased from Kolkata. “We have alerted Kerala police too,” said Jadeja. Padadhari police station sources also told TOI that one of the girls had called up her maternal uncle and told him that she would return after two years.

    Questioning the girls’ hostel mates, police got to know that Trivedi used to lure girls on the pretext of showing them various historical and religious places and science museums in India.

    Trivedi, a science teacher, has a controversial past. After his first wife died, he married a school teacher in Rajkot. However, the love marriage was short-lived and they got divorced. Police sources also said that he has a penchant for eloping with women. “We got to know during investigations that Trivedi had eloped with a teacher of a reputable school in Rajkot too. Both returned but no complaint was lodged in that case,” a top police official said.

    Trivedi’s parents have also disowned him. “We met his parents two days ago in Vadodara. They told us that they have no relationship with him and he rarely contacts them,” Jadeja said.

    Trivedi, who is fluent in at least five languages, has a 10 per cent working partnership in the school, police said, adding he is financially well off.