The 25-year-old woman banker, who was allegedly molested by Navy men at the Khar pub on Saturday, and her businessman husband who had been attacked by them, were petrified when they saw that they were being followed by the five men in two autorickshaws on the Western Express Highway in the early hours of Sunday, police said.
The five have been identified as Maheshwar Mahendra Singh, 26, Tirthnath Dilpanath, 25, Ashish Jaikishan, 29, Sham Bhandare, 29, and Chandan Mishra, 26. All are class IV officers with the Indian Navy, posted at the electronics department of the Naval Dockyard.
“Between Vile Parle and Bandra, one of the autorickshaws carrying the men drove close to the couple’s autorickshaw and one of the men seated inside grabbed the rod of their rickshaw and started shouting at the woman, demanding to know her why she had complained to the bouncers. The woman and her husband were petrified and told their auto driver to speed away. Undeterred, the men kept following the couple,” said Kalpana Survase, sub-inspector, Khar police.
Survase said that at Andheri, the woman called the emergency number 100 and the policeman who answered the phone told the woman to take the autorickshaw towards Kasturba Marg police station in Borivli (East) via under the Borivli flyover and that policemen would be present on the same route to catch the men. The couple did as instructed and the police, under the Borivli flyover, were able to catch all five men.
The five were subsequently booked and arrested under various sections of the IPC. The five were produced before a holiday court on Sunday which remanded them in police custody till April 29. “Officials from the Navy came to the Khar police station on Sunday and inquired about the matter. Once the men are given bail, the Navy will take custody of them and issue further proceedings,” Survase said.