A 32-year-old woman home guard was assaulted and abused by an autorickshaw driver at Dombivli on Sunday, after she asked him to move his vehicle away from the middle of the road. The accused, Ravi Gupta, was arrested later that day.
Home guard Sunita Nandmeher, 32, was stationed near Dombivli railway station at 12 pm, when her senior asked her to clear traffic in the area. When she asked Gupta to move his auto, he started arguing with her.
“Ravi told Nandmeher that there were other autorickshaws parked near the station. He told her to clear that space first,” said an officer from Dombivli police station.
“Gupta verbally abused Nandmeher. She then sat in his vehicle and asked him to drive her to the Dombivli police station. However, he drove towards Thakurli and stopped at an isolated spot, where he assaulted her,” said R Yadav, inspector, Dombivli police station.
Locals heard her screams and rushed to her aid. On seeing them, Gupta fled.
Nandmeher suffered bruises and cramps. She sustained a deep cut on her hand.
The locals took Nandmeher to the Dombivli police station, where a complaint was lodged under section 367(kidnapping or abducting in order to subject person to grievous hurt, slavery, etc), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the Indian Penal Code.
Locals had noted down the vehicle’s licence plate number. Gupta was also traced with the help of CCTV camera footage. He will be produced in court on Monday.