Ironic but true cops aren’t safe in the city either. Just a day after a speeding biker forcibly took a constable for a three-km-long ride on his bike, five female hawkers assaulted a police officer and his staff who were despatched to take action against them yesterday.
The officer was assaulted, while other cops escaped to bring back more security. When the cops returned, the women had fled, leaving the injured officer. The female hawkers who assaulted the 58-year-old officer are still at large.
The incident occurred in Borivli (West) on Thursday evening around 7.30 pm, near the railway station. Assistant sub-inspector N Chavan from the Borivli police station, accompanied by two constables, had gone to take action against the hawkers in the area. The streets near Borivli railway station are choc-a-block with illegal hawkers, making them a nightmare for pedestrians.
The three cops spotted the hawkers near Moksh Plaza. The cops approached them and asked them to vacate the spot. The woman answered back, asking why they were being singled out when there were so many others hawking in the area. A heated argument ensued between the two parties. Soon, the five women started assaulting the cops.
They thrashed ASI Chavan, even rending his police uniform. The other cops escaped from the spot and went back to the station to get reinforcements. When they rushed to the spot to help the officer, they saw that the hawkers had fled, leaving behind an injured ASI Chavan.
A hawker from the area said, “The cops’ approach was not good. One of the policemen grabbed a woman’s hand inappropriately, and the other women got angry.” The cops at Borivli however denied the charges. An officer from the station said, “ASI Chavan is very old and the attack could have risked his life. He was assaulted and they tore his uniform.
We have registered cases against the five women under Section 323 of the IPC for voluntarily causing hurt, Section 332 for voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty, and Section 353 for assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty. We are searching for them.”