Three people who allegedly slapped an on-duty BMC assistant commissioner, were booked by the Borivli police on Tuesday.
Assistant commissioner Santosh Dhonde was on a site visit with deputy mayor Mohan Mitbavkar and ward committee chairperson, Manisha Chaudhari when the three misbehaved with him.
The police said the incident took place around 3.30pm after a ward committee meeting in Borivli. Dhonde was having his lunch after the meeting when he was approached by the deputy mayor and others to go on a site visit immediately.
“Dhonde abandoned his lunch and accompanied them to the site – a road in Borivli (West). There was some complaint of a trench on that road. Dhonde agreed that the road work would be done following proper procedure of giving a road contract through the quotation procedure.
BJP worker Jagdish Patel got into an heated argument with Dhonde over this, saying the BMC took a lot of time over repairs and demanded to know why the issue of road repairs could not be solved immediately,” said deputy commissioner of BMC, Zone-7, BR Marathe.
While the argument was going on between Dhonde and Patel, one young man suddenly went up to Dhonde and slapped him. While trying to ward off the attack, Dhone sustained a minor injury on his hand, Marathe said.
The police have registered a case under section 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of the Indian Penal Code against Jagdish Patel and his two accomplices.
“It was the responsibility of the deputy mayor to handle the situation as such incidents should not take place in front of him,” Marathe said.
“Patel is not traceable since the incident and the other two persons are still to be identified. We have launched a manhunt to catch all three,” said sub-inspector Shobha Kharat from Borivli police station.