A group of trekkers who were camping at a fort in Lonavala near here were allegedly roughed up, and male members humiliated by being forced to strip, by 10 to 12 men and women, who claimed to be ‘heritage buffs’, on New Year’s eve, police said on Wednesday.
According to a police complaint registered by a 36-year-old woman from Pune, 10 to 12 men and women, who claimed to be members of a ‘fort lovers’ group, allegedly roughed them up with sticks and belts.
She also alleged that the accused humiliated the male trekkers by forcing them to strip and abused the women.
“I along with my husband and other fellow couples had booked a camp, which was organised at Visapur Fort, through a website,” said the complainant, a fitness trainer, who claimed she suffered a hand fracture in the incident.
“We reached the spot at around 1 pm on December 31 and found that there were around 25 more couples, who too had come on New Year’s eve through the same organisers,” the woman said in her complaint. “At around 9.30 pm, we were sitting around a camp fire when 10 to 12 persons came and accused us of littering the place,” she said.
“One of the women came near me and snatched a glass of cold drink. She thrashed me with a stick and kicked me and accused us of littering the fort,” she alleged.
Later, the other accused forced male trekkers to strip and thrashed them with sticks and belts, the victim said in her statement to police. She said the accused also roughed up the event organiser and warned all of them not to come back to the fort.