Almost two months after they beat up six police constables, five Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel, including assistant commandant Alok Joshi, were arrested on Tuesday.
The suspects were booked on charges of assault, illegal confinement, deterring a public servant from his duty, rioting, and assaulting a public servant.
“We arrested assistant commandant Joshi as well for the offence,” said inspector Rajan Bhogale, Sewri police station.
The police are now getting ready to chargesheet the CISF personnel so that they can be tried in court.
When questioned about the delay, the police said that in cases of men in uniform against men in uniform, the procedures were lengthy.
“The arrests were made after two months since the law and judiciary department had not given us a nod,” said a police officer requesting anonymity because he is not authorised to talk to the media.
On August 13, an alleged traffic snarl triggered an argument between six constables and 15 CISF personnel, which resulted in an altercation.
According to the traffic police, around 9.45am, the constables were manning the vehicles outside Madal Bunder when a truck came from the wrong side and was intercepted. Joshi and his subordinates, who were at the Bunder gate, started arguing with them.
The argument turned violent and the CISF personnel allegedly assaulted the policemen.
The constables called the control room, and a mobile van from the Yellow Gate police station was immediately sent to help them.
When the constables tried to intervene, they too were assaulted. The CISF men reportedly dragged the constables into the chowky and beat them up for 15 minutes.