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Family accuses cop of helping its harassers

A midnight drive to eat some kulfi at Girgaum Chowpatty turned into a nightmare for a family from Mazgaon on Saturday.

mumbai Updated: Dec 26, 2011 01:13 IST
Puja Changoiwala
Puja Changoiwala
Hindustan Times

A midnight drive to eat some kulfi at Girgaum Chowpatty turned into a nightmare for a family from Mazgaon on Saturday.

Gulsher Khan, 35, and his relatives who came in three cars were parking when two men in a taxi picked a quarrel over parking space. Khan claimed the men were drunk and abused his brother-in-law, who was driving the car, and then made lewd remarks about the women in the group.

“I got agitated and confronted them,” said Khan who runs a car rental service in Mazgaon. The two men then appealed to Inspector Sadam Beldar of DB Marg police station who was on patrol on the opposite side of the road.

There are conflicting versions of what happened next. Khan alleged that inspector Beldar caught him by the collar and dragged him to the other side of the road, abusing him all the while. Khan’s wife, Rubina, alleged the inspector even pushed away their 11-year-old daughter Muskaan when she pleaded with him to let her father go.

The police deny this happened. Anil Kumbhare, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 2), who was present nearby and who intervened to restore calm, said: “I do not think anybody passed lewd comments at Khan’s family. Khan got into a scuffle with some passengers in the taxi over parking space. The policeman, Inspector Sadam Beldar, was on patrol in the

area and intervened to resolve the issue. He literally had to separate the two parties… “You cannot accuse Beldar of deliberately assaulting Khan. While he was trying to resolve the scuffle, Beldar might have hurt Khan unintentionally.”

At around 1 am, the family filed a non-cognisable offence report with D B Marg police station. DCP Kumbhare said he would conduct a detailed investigation.

First Published: Dec 26, 2011 01:12 IST