A film producer has locked himself inside his apartment in Peddar Road for the past four days to avoid arrest as policemen are posted outside helplessly.
Gaurang Doshi, who produced the Akshay Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan starrer Aankhen in 2002, is wanted in dowry harassment case, which his wife had filed in 2005.
The Gamdevi police with an arrest warrant went to his flat on Wednesday. But when Doshi spotted them, he locked himself has not allowed his domestic helps to leave.
In 2005 Doshi's wife Madhuri filed a complaint of dowry harassment against him in the Gamdevi police station.
A trial is going on in the Girgaum court but Doshi has been absent from court hearings despite repeated summons.
On Monday, the court passed a non-bailable warrant against him.
Madhuri’s lawyer Satish Manshinde said: “In spite of having a court order, I did not know what is stopping the police to break in the house and arrest Doshi.”
Madhuri had accused Doshi of assaulting her.
Doshi’s neighbours and residents of the Vikas building at Peddar Road expressed their anger against Doshi saying that he has spoilt the name of their society, “Doshi takes this weird step often. Whenever he does not open the door for days we have to call the police and this drama continues,” said a resident of the building on condition of anonymity.
When asked why were the police not breaking inside the house inspite of a court order to arrest him, Rajnish Seth, Joint commissioner of police (law and order) said, “In such cases we can break-in but I am not aware about this particular case and it is for the supervising officer to take a decision.”
Sanjay Diwadkar, senior police inspector of Gamdevi police station said, “I will not comment on this case. we would make a decision in a day or two.”