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Constable attacks choreographer, inquiry ordered

mumbai Updated: Sep 11, 2012 01:12 IST
HT Correspondent

A choreographer in a dance show was allegedly roughed up by policemen after the driver of the autorickshaw he was travelling in didn't stop at a police check point in Goregaon.

The police have now initiated a departmental inquiry into the incident.

Salman Khan, 25, works as a choreographer for Jhalak Dikhla Ja show on Colors channel. He, along with an assistant and an office boy, were returning from Filmistan studio around 2:30am, when the incident took place near Ratna Hotel junction.

Khan, who is the dance partner of actor Isha Sharvani, said, "I took an autorickshaw as my car broke down. When the rickshaw reached the police check point, the driver started to speed. I was surprised and asked him to stop. But he told me that he didn't have a driving licence."

Constable Suresh Gurav, who was posted at the nakabandi, immediately sat pillion on the a passersby's bike and gave the auto a chase. He stopped the vehicle and hit the driver with his baton.

When the driver started fleeing, Gurav chased him and caught hold of him. "All the while I was waiting near the rickshaw. After the constable thrashed the driver, I protested, following which I was also attacked," Khan said.

Khan alleged that he could smell alcohol on the constable and insisted that he wanted to lodge a complaint with the Goregaon police. However, when he was taken there, the officer on night duty didn't record his complaint.

Medical tests were conducted on Khan and the constable at Siddharth Hospital.

Arun Jadhav, senior inspector, Goregaon police station. said, "The test revealed that Gurav had not consumed alcohol. We have, however, initiated a departmental inquiry against him and the inspector incharge of night duty, Bhai Mahadeshwar, following Khan's complaints."

The autorickshaw driver has been booked for obstructing a public servant from performing his duty and assault.