Assault on cops: Five incidents reported in Pune in 3 months

Latest incident is fifth case in 3 months where city policemen have been attacked by civilians

pune Updated: Jul 27, 2018 15:09 IST
Nadeem Inamdar
Nadeem Inamdar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The latest incident is the fifth case in past three months wherein city policemen were attacked by civilians. (AFP)

The Nigdi police have arrested four persons on charges of physically assaulting constable Ashok Thakaware (27) inside Hotel Rathi in Raje Shivajinagar in Chikhali at 3.30 pm on Wednesday, an indication that fear of the law is on the decline with many policemen coming under attack in the recent past. The latest incident is the fifth case in past three months wherein city policemen were attacked by civilians.

The arrested have been identified as Imamuddin Tayyab Ali Inamdar, Yogesh Ramesh Mane, Mohammad Saeed Tayyab Ali Inamdar and Vikas Pandurang Dalimbe. According to the police, the incident took place after Thakaware along with a fellow constable reached Hotel Rathi following a call from the control room which informed them the citizens had complained about loud music and boisterous behaviour by youths in the area.

PSI SW Waghmare, who is the investigating officer in the case, said that Thakaware and constable Gengje reached the spot and found loud music being played and drunken youth engaged in hooliganism in room no 305 of the hotel. Thakaware asked them to decrease the volume level of the music being played, after which the accused grew irate and questioned Thakaware over his interference.

Thakaware in his complaint stated, “The four youths were in an inebriated condition and questioned me saying “Who are you? ”, Why are you here? and how are you connected to this event?”

The accused punched him, held him by the collar and tore his uniform, according to officials. One of them snatched his mobile and threw it on the wall and broke it, the complaint stated. Thakaware and the fellow constable left the spot on their two-wheeler, reached the police station and lodged an FIR against the accused.

PSI Waghmare, added, “Both the constables were on night patrolling duty and were informed by the police station that some youths were indulging in sloganeering and hooliganism by playing loud music at Hotel Rathi. They reached there and tried to pacify them and also requested them to lower the volume of the music, but received rebuke, abuse and assault in the bargain. Accordingly, we have lodged an FIR under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and arrested them. The police have invoked IPC Sections 353,3522,332,427,504 and Section 34 against the accused.

Vihar Durve, a right to information (RTI) activist who has been working for improving the working conditions of policemen and an advocate of police reforms, said, “The police force is in place to protect the society and citizens must not take laws into their hands. The police must be responsible, courteous and polite in their dealings with the citizens. The residents on their part must give respect to the police as they are the upholders of the law. The police department must remember that integrity and character is playing is a key role in strengthening the police-public relation,” he said.

Ravindra Sengaonkar, additional commissioner of police, said that police are strict in dealing with those involved in an attack against policemen. “We are taking strict action wherever such incidents are happening,” said Sengaonkar.

In the first case, a police constable attached to the Hinjewadi police station was assaulted by two local youths who expressed displeasure when the cop stopped their car for a security check while he was on patrolling duty. In the second case, a police constable attached to the Mundhwa police station was assaulted by a businessman Rikin Tukaram Karne, 32, near 1 Lounge, ABC road in Mundhwa. Abhijit Ugale, the police constable, lodged an official complaint in this regard.

According to the FIR, Rikin Karne was in his car at the time of the incident. He got into an argument with commuters and yelled at them. When Ugale and the other police staffers arrived at the spot to contain the situation, Karne lost his temper and started hurling abuses at Ugale and assaulted him.

In the third incident , a police constable was assaulted by three vegetable vendors while he was on bandobast duty in Kalyaninagar on Monday evening. The complainant, who is a police constable with the Yerwada police station, was assaulted while on duty for chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ visit to the city on Monday.

According to the complainant, the police constable was on the bandobast duty on the route between Aga Khan bridge and Pune airport for the safe passage of the VVIP convoy. He asked the vegetable vendors to remove the cart till the passage of the convoy and assured them that they can replace them once the convoy is gone. However, the vegetable vendors didn’t submit to his demand. They accused him of ruining their business and assaulted him. The trio fled from the spot after assaulting the cop and are yet to be identified.

Those involved in attacking cops are not just those with criminal background, but qualified people who were never on the wrong side of the law. Earlier in May, six techies were arrested by the Hadapsar police for assaulting a police constable and misbehaving with an assistant inspector. The techies were under the influence of liquor in the Amanora township.

First Published: Jul 27, 2018 14:54 IST