Sanjay Shewale (38), a police constable with the Vikhroli police station was bitten by a miscreant when he tried to catch him. But Shewale did not let him go.
On Monday morning, Shewale and his colleague Arun Sonawane were patrolling in Vikhroli when they spotted a wanted accused Mangesh Kamble roaming with an unidentified youth at Ganesh Marg.
Kamble, who has several cases of theft and assaults registered against him, was wanted in two cases. Shewale recognised him and started chasing him.
"I jumped off the bike and caught up with Kamble who had started running. I grabbed him and tried to restrain him. But he suddenly bit my right hand, in order to escape. He bit me for three-four minutes, expecting me to loosen my grip. But we were on a lookout for him for the past couple of weeks and I was determined to see him behind bars. I held on and Sonawane rushed to my side and tied him with a chain,” said Shewale.
Shewala took Kamle to the police station and then went to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Inspector R.G. Mhatre of Vikhroli police station said Kamble began as a juvenile offender, and later arrested for 12 chain snatchings, assaults and criminal intimidation cases.
“Last month, we booked him for abducting and raping a 17-year-old girl from Ramabai Nagar. A few days later, a local politician complained to us that Kamble and the girl had been sleeping on the terrace of his house. Angered by the complaint, Kamble broke the windowpanes of his house. After yesterday’s incident, in addition to assault and vandalism, we have booked him for preventing a public servant from discharging his duty,” said Mhatre.