The traffic police will hold a departmental enquiry soon against Sandeep Gawde, 32, a constable attached with the Tardeo traffic division. Gawde was arrested on Thursday by the MIDC police on charges of molestation and mischief, causing damage.
Gawde had allegedly thrashed a woman, Karuna Rao, a resident of Andheri (west) on November 16, at the Akruti City signal in MIDC area of Andheri (east). Rao claimed that she was punched and hit with a helmet when she was returning home from office, and that Gawde also smashed the windshield of her car, in what appeared to be a case of road rage.
“We will initiate departmental action against Gawde after we receive the report from the zonal deputy commissioner of police,” said Brijesh Singh, additional commissioner of police (traffic).
The police nabbed Gawde 15 days after the incident, and he was released on a bail bond of Rs10,000 on the same day.
Gawde has not reported to work for the past four months, said an officer from the Tardeo traffic police division. “He had gone on sick leave for a few days around four months back, and never returned,” said SS Bangale, police inspector of Tardeo traffic division, who added that the constable’s conduct was good but his behaviour with the woman in the MIDC case was shocking. Gawde lives with his family at the MIDC police quarters in Andheri (east).
In his statement, Gawde told the police that he was rushing home, as his one-and-a-half year old son was unwell and had to be admitted to the hospital, when he got into an argument with Rao. He claimed that she was at fault, not him. Gawde also denied that he was drunk, as claimed by Rao.