In separate incidents, two police constables in the city faced the wrath of bikers when they tried to stop them from riding without helmets.
While one of them was manhandled at Kurar, the other was injured when a motorcycle rammed on to him at Antop hill.
According to Antop hill police, Ashok Shinde, 55, was on duty near Puja nursing home at Kalpak naka when three men on an Activa passed by around 5.30pm.
The trio knocked Shinde down at the junction when the latter tried to stop them. The impact was such that Shinde sustained an injury close to his eye for which doctors had to administer stiches. He also suffered injuries on his legs.
The police arrested one Yasim Khawaja Shaikh, 22, in this connection who was riding the Activa. Investigations revealed that Shaikh was under the influence of alcohol when the incident occurred.
“Shaikh has been arrested for rash driving. The trio were local residents,” said Vasant Patil, senior police inspector, Antop hill police station.
In another incident at Malad, constable Santosh Poghar, 37, was manhandled on the road in front of Laxmannagar police outpost at Kurar village around 1am. Poghar had stopped two men on a bike for not wearing helmets. The accused grabbed Poghar’s collar and allegedly manhandled him.
The duo has been arrested for deterring a public servant from discharging his duties. A general alert has been sounded in the city on the eve of Independence Day, for which police personnel have beefed up vigil on the roads and have undertaken checks.
Recent cases of policemen being manhandled
May 2016: Two brothers were booked for allegedly creating ruckus and manhandling policemen at a hotel in Sion. The accused were from Surat and had booked a hotel in Sion. They were living in the hotel where they consumed alcohol and started to bang doors of a nearby room where women were living. The women told the manager and the waiters, said police. Police stated that the accused indulged in an altercation with the manager and the waiters while in inebriated condition. The lady owner who lives above the hotel came to see what was happening when the accused also indulged in a feud with her. The police were called who were allegedly manhandled. The brothers were, however, arrested.
June 2016: A 21-year-old Mumbai woman was arrested for allegedly drunk driving and ramming her car into a divider near Podar Hospital. The accused identified as Gauri Bhide also allegedly assaulted at least six policemen posted with Worli police station when she was being interrogated. Police said the incident took place at around 1.15am when Bhide, who was accompanied by three friends - Chirag Bhothra (21), Kapil Rathod (21) - and a 17-year-old minor, rammed her Verna into a divider near Podar Hospital. After the incident the accused got down of the car and started abusing the locals who gathered to see whether the four were fine, a police official said. The police also faced her wrath when they intervened