Two fire officials were assaulted by a group of 20 men after the fire officials advised them not to swim in the sea at Gorai beach during high tide on Sunday. The Gorai police have filed a non-cognisable (NC) complaint against two of the group members.
According to the police, fire officials Mahendra Mithbaonkar and Ramakant Parab were threatened and assaulted by a group of 20 men while evacuating Gorai beach during high tide.
"Around 2.30pm, during high tide, we were trying to vacate the beach. Despite our warnings one of the men went into the sea to swim. When we asked him to step out of the water he refused to listen to us. After some time, he approached us and questioned our authority. He got into a heated argument with us and started hurling obscenities," said Mithbaonkar. "After that, his friends got into the argument and slapped my colleague, Parab, and pushed me on the ground, bruising my right leg," he added.
"This is not the first incident of public objecting to our actions. Our men have been assaulted before," Mithbaonkar said, recalling previous incidents.
"We have filed an NC complaint against the two boys, Bhavesh Tare and Neeraj Hamal. In their statement, they complained about the fire officials slapping them too," said senior inspector Manik Bakhare, Gorai police station.
Tare and Hamal are residents of Thane and were booked under section 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and section 186 (Obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) of the Indian Penal Code.