A 32-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly passing lewd comments on a 28-year-old woman, an immigration official, while he was standing in a queue for security check at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on Thursday morning.
According to Sahar police, the arrested accused Darshan Hatnolkar, a Kalyan resident, was on his way back home from Dubai. The incident took place at 6.50 am when Hatnolkar, under the influence of alcohol, was standing in the queue. He was staring at the official and when she looked down on realising that, he said, “Don’t be shy, look up.” The official ignored him even when he twice repeated his comment. However, another woman, also an immigration staffer, confronted him on which he went mum.
The woman then alerted their wing in-charge SM More who rushed to the spot. When Hatnolkar was being taken aside for questioning, he began abusing the woman and More recorded this on his mobile phone.
Listening to the loud noise, crew members of the plane he took to fly to Mumbai came and identified him as the same person who was misbehaving on the flight. They said he had tried to molest another woman passenger.
He was handed over to Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) who gave custody to Sahar Police. Hatnolkar was booked under IPC sections 509, 353, 504 and 506. “He has been remanded to police custody for two days,” said a police official.