Police for the common man, but who for the police? A police constable was allegedly assaulted at Panvel in the wee hours of Monday. The police have arrested the accused, a 27-year-old man.
According to the police, Karan Tandel, a resident of Vadghar village in Panvel, along with two of his friends, was travelling on a two-wheeler near Shivaji Chowk around 1.30am. A beat marshal team from Panvel police station spotted them riding triple seat, flouting the traffic norms and stopped them for interrogation.
“After a basic interrogation, police constable Amol Thakre asked them to show the documents of their vehicle. Tandel, who was seated on the rear seat, refused to show the documents and thus they got into a verbal dispute,” said Dutta Patil, senior police inspector of Panvel police station.
When Thakre and his colleagues decided to arrest Tandel, the latter slapped Thakre. The police officials then took him to the police station.
“Tandel abused our officials when he was being taken to the police station and was not ready to accept his fault. We later arrested him,” Patil said.
The police have booked the accused under sections 353, 332, 504, 506 of the Indian Penal Code and sections 85 and 1 of the Mumbai Police Act. He was produced before the judicial court on Monday afternoon.
This was however, not the sole incident of police officials getting beaten up in Navi Mumbai. A police inspector and a constable from Vashi police station were beaten up by two culprits near Noor Masjid Chowk at sector 9 in December last year; both the culprits were arrested from the spot.
A team of seven officials including two women constables of CID I-Branch arrested some illegal Bangladeshi immigrants at Owe village in Kharghar in the last week of February. As they got down from their vehicle to enter the village, they were attacked by some unidentified people with sharp weapons. Two officers were severely injured.
Likewise, police naik Sanjay Sawant from APMC police station was assaulted by a mob at Kopri village in Vashi in the second week of May. The police later arrested four persons for the crime.