Five men thrashed a 29-year-old man with sticks for allegedly passing lewd remarks at a woman and making obscene gestures.
Nilesh Bohrate, who was to catch a bus to his hometown at Karard, was waiting at the Dadar bus stop on Sunday when he was attacked, the police said.
“He was heading home with money for our ailing mother’s treatment,” said Nilesh’s elder brother Vinayak.
Sandesh Gadhigaonkar, who was with Nilesh at the time of the incident, said when Nilesh was crossing the road to buy eatables, Vinayak Gurav suddenly stopped his motorcycle and accused him of teasing his wife, Sarika, who was riding pillion.
“The couple suddenly started accusing Nilesh of teasing Sarika and making obscene gestures. Vinayak got off his motorcycle, verbally abused Nilesh and even beat him up before speeding away,” said Ashok Unde, senior police inspector of the Dadar police station.
Thirty minutes later, Vinayak returned to the spot with four of his accomplices.
“I was still at the bus stop with Gadhigaonkar, when five men, including Vinayak, stopped their motorcycles and Indica in front of me,” said Nilesh.
They punched Nilesh and beat him up with sticks.
Gadhigaonkar, who also received minor injuries in the clash, took Nilesh to KEM hospital. Nilesh has received severe injuries on his face and torso.
After Nilesh and Gadhigaonkar registered a complaint at the Dadar police station on Monday, the police arrested Vinayak and four others for voluntarily causing grievous hurt and rioting under the Indian Penal Code.
The five men got bail on Tuesday.
“Sarika too has filed a complaint against Nilesh with help from some local politicians,” said Nilesh’s lawyer Tushar Khandare.