A 26-year-old student has alleged that a Naval police officer assaulted him at Navy Nagar at Colaba on Saturday.
Pramod Bisht, whose father works with the Navy, claimed that the officer assaulted his mother, Uma, and brother, Manoj, too.
Inspector Vilas Bhole from the Cuffe Parade police station said the incident took place at 9 pm when Bisht was returning home. Bisht’s father is a civil engineer with the Military Engineering Services and the family members are given entry passes, which they have to show every time they enter the naval premises.
Uma said, “Last night, when my son was returning home, Naval guard Subhash Raju asked him to show his entry card. When my son showed him the card, the guard deliberately stalled time under the pretext of examining it. When Pramod asked him to return the card, the guard spoke rudely and assaulted him.”
Uma said Bisht called her and informed her about the incident. She alleged that when she and Manoj went to the spot and intervened, Raju assaulted them too. Uma claimed one of the guards pushed her and she fell, and was injured.
“The guards took off their identity badges before assaulting us. Therefore, we could not identify them while filing a police complaint,” Manoj alleged. Uma has been admitted to GT Hospital.
The police claimed when Bisht was asked to show his pass, he refused saying that he enters the gate every day and the staff posted there knew him.
“This led to an argument between Raju and Bisht. We have taken their statements and have registered complaints against both of them. We will now find out the sequence of events that led to the fight,” Bhole said.
Captain M Nambiar, defence spokesperson, said, “There was an issue when some civilians refused to produce their entry passes when our personnel asked them for it. They also allegedly misbehaved with the guards. We have filed a case of assault against them [the civilians].”