The assault of the men in khaki will not be taken lightly. Days after the video of a young woman seen slapping, kicking and abusing personnel at the Worli police station and damaging police property went viral, a bunch of cavalier youths yesterday tried to rehash similar tactics of bullying.
The youths begin to assault a laundry shop owner asleep on a bench in Dadar. Illustrations/Uday Mohite
A 19-year-old and two minors, aged 17, allegedly drunk, assaulted a local in Dadar and then targeted an ASI and a PSI when they intervened. They also broke the rear window of a police combat vehicle. While the 19-year-old, Shubham Gavde, has been arrested, the minors have been sent to a juvenile remand home.
ASI Vitthal Jagdale spots the attackers, but is manhandled when he tries to intervene
Manhandling local, cop
The police said the youngsters were returning from a party at a friend’s place in Mumbai Central when they decided to halt outside a laundry shop on Kashinath Dhuru Marg in Dadar. There, they allegedly began harassing and assaulting the shop owner, Ramesh Kanojia (40), who was asleep on a bench outside. Right then, a police combat van on patrol arrived at the spot and Assistant Sub-Inspector Vitthal Jagdale from the Dadar police station jumped to Kanojia’s rescue.
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One of the minors lobs a paver block at the police combat van
But the youths allegedly even manhandled and attacked the policeman; they caught hold of his collar and pushed him. They then tried to escape, but Amol Gavli, a police sub-inspector, gave them a good chase.
In an attempt to scare the policemen off, one of the minors allegedly picked up a loose paver block and threatened to hurl it at them. He then allegedly smashed it against the rear window of the police van.
After a good chase, the three are caught by the police
The policeman managed to catch hold of the attackers and took them to the Dadar police station. They were then taken to a hospital for a medical check-up to ascertain if they were drunk, and later a case was registered against them based on a complaint from Jagdale.
Shantilal Jadhav, senior inspector of the Dadar police station, said, “We have registered case under sections 323 (causing hurt), 332 (causing hurt to a public servant), 353 (assault of a public servant), 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of Rs 50) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. Gavde has been sent to judicial custody.”