A couple was arrested for spitting on and assaulting a police constable at Thane on Thursday after he stopped them for not wearing helmets.
The incident was captured on video by many passers-by. The couple — Imtiyaz Honnaali,25, and Girishma Nayar,24 — lives in Ambernath and while the girl is a graduate, the boy does odd jobs.
Both were produced in court and remanded in police custody till Monday. Police said the couple was going back to Ambernath via LBS Road after consuming alcohol in Thane. “ As the couple approached the barricades, they were asked to stop but they tried to dodge the cops and flee. Our police constables ran behind them and stopped them. The couple was then asked to disembark from the bike and when we checked them with breathalyser, we found that both of them were heavily drunk,” said R Malekar, senior police inspector from Wagle Estate police. Later, they were taken for a medical test, which also confirmed that they were under the influence of alcohol.
They first abused the police constable and later they spat pan that they were chewing on the constable, said the police.
Malekar further added, “The couple also threatened to strip police constable of his clothes. They were so loud that the locals gathered near the spot and shot the incident on their mobile phones.” The police said the couple also threatened to abduct the constable and assault him.
They were booked under sections 353, 332, 504, 506, of 34 of the IPC and Motor Vehicles Act.