A 23-year-old man from Malabar Hill, who molested a woman traffic constable before assaulting her in full public view on Wednesday morning, was put under arrest late in the evening.
Saurav Lohia, son of a reputed South Mumbai real estate broker, has been booked under sections 332 (assault), 354 (molestation) and 353 (interfering in the work of a public servant) of the Indian Penal Code, apart from other sections under the Motor Vehicle Act, senior police inspector Sharad Divadkar of Gamdevi police station said.
He will be produced in the court on Thursday.
According to Divadkar, woman traffic constable Smita Shetty, 23, who is attached to the Tardeo division of the traffic police, was deployed near the RTI Junction on Wednesday morning.
Around 10am, she noticed a Skoda wrongly parked on the roadside near the Babulnath temple with Saurav in the drivers’ seat.
“She asked him to remove the vehicle from the spot as it was a no-parking zone and the vehicle was obstructing traffic,” Divadkar said. Saurav refused to pay heed to her request and drove away instead.
Divadkar said Saurav came back to the same spot after an hour. Noticing the same vehicle, Smita again approached him. “Saurav this time started abusing her. He boasted of his connections and threatened to get her transferred,” Divadkar said.
Shetty persisted with her request to remove the vehicle. An enraged Saurav this time got out of the car and slapped her, Divadkar added.
Saurav stopped only after some passers-by intervened. “Soon two traffic constables arrived at the spot on a motorcycle and overpowered the driver,” he said.
Saurav was taken to the police station and following investigation, an FIR was lodged in the evening and Saurav was put under arrest, the police said.