A woman traffic police constable was allegedly hit on the hand, while a team member was slapped twice by two men, including a garage owner, on Sunday while towing illegally parked vehicles on a road in Mahim.
The two, Mohammad Shakil Abdul Karim Shaikh, 54, and Mustaq Shaikh, 54,were remanded to police custody for two days and later sent to judicial custody. Shakil is a resident of Shanti Nagar in Mira Road and Mustaq is a resident of Qureshi Mahal in Mahim.
The Mahim police said the traffic police division had been receiving complaints from MP Husain Dalwai about illegally parked vehicles in front of Paradise Cinema on Kapad Bazaar Road.
Acting on the complaint, traffic constable Rita Jadhav, 49, was sent to the spot in the afternoon with a towing van. She, along with another team member, Mohammad Shaikh, towed one vehicle and were towing a second, which was illegally parked in front of Salim Scooter Works garage.
Shakil got into a heated argument Shaikh. Shakil said “Yeh meri garage ki gaadiyan hai. Tu nahi samjhega (These are my cars. You won’t understand).” He abused Shaikh and slapped him twice, said the police.
Mustaq tried to stop the team when they were towing the vehicle. He hit Jadhav on her hand, due to which her mobile fell. He also abused Jadhav.
Jadhav got down from the vehicle and gave chase to Shaikh. She contacted the main police control room and a police van from the Mahim police was dispatched to the spot. The two were arrested.
A FIR has been registered under sections 354 A (sexual harrasment), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332(voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 323(voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.