In yet another incident of assault on a civic engineer, a 57-year-old sub-engineer from the building proposal department of the BMC in Bandra (W) was reportedly assaulted by a serial complainant in his office on Thursday afternoon.
Siddarth Sawant, a sub engineer, was assaulted by Ravi Namdeo Joshi, a serial complainant, over the issue of giving occupation certificates to a builder.
“Joshi came into my cabin around 12.10pm and started asking for files of occupation certificates given to the Wadhwa builders. Since he was asking the files immediately, I said I will give him whatever files available,” said Sawant in his statement to the police.
He added that Joshi started abusing him without listening.
“He started saying that how can you give occupation certificate to Wadhwa builders without asking him. After hearing his voice, my colleagues gathered in my cabin and started pacifying him,” read his police statement. “Then, he grabbed my collar and assaulted me threatening that ‘I will see you’ and left the cabin.”
The police has registered the First Information Report on the incident under Section 353 (assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging his duty) and 504 (intentional insult with the intent to provoke breach of peace) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
“The accused has been identified as Ravi Joshi and is yet to be arrested,” said Ravi Thengle, the investigating officer.
However, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Engineer’s Union has condemned the attack on the engineer and demanded that strict action should be initiated.
“Is the civic administration and state government waiting for a death of a civic engineer to make law as non-bailable for attacking civic engineer on the lines of the law for doctors,” said Sainath Rajyadaksha, general secretary of the Union.
He also demand the suspension of corporators if they attack an engineer. The Union has also decided to agitate at the office of building proposals department in Bandra (W) at 11am on Friday.