A 28-year-old Kopri resident was arrested for assaulting a traffic police inspector in Thane on Wednesday.
The incident occurred on a day when a traffic constable who was set ablaze by an autorickshaw driver succumbed to his burn injuries.
Sajid Kalshekar assaulted Naupada traffic police inspector BB Ghuge after he was fined for double parking.
“I was on my way to Gokhale Road along with a few other constables when I saw that a vehicle was parked in a no-parking zone near Hari Niwas circle,” said Ghuge.
“Since there was no driver, we clamped the vehicle. Then I noticed another car that was
double-parked and the car driver was missing. We clamped the car as well.
When the driver returned 10 minutes later, I asked him to get his licence and pay Rs 100 as fine, which he did,” said Ghuge.
However, Kalshekar reportedly kept arguing with the traffic police and suddenly lost his cool.
“He kept saying he was a CBI officer and he would teach me a lesson. I patiently told him to pay the fine and leave. He paid the money, but then came back and asked my name.
When I told him, he grabbed my badge and pushed me,” said Ghuge, adding that Kalshekar was taken to the Naupada police station.
A case was registered under sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.
“Though he claimed he was a government officer, he is actually a seaman. We found a copy of continuous discharge certificate.
“He says he works for a government shipping company. We will verify it and produce him in court on Thursday,” said inspector (crime) Hemant Sawant.