Accused assaults two constables, pelt stones at them
NAVI MUMBAI: Two policemen were assaulted and hurled stones at when they had gone to arrest a 30-year-old man accused of sexual assault in Panvel on Tuesday.
The incident took place at Karjade village, around 5 kms from Panvel city police station. Two families were quarrelling over some minor issues for a long time. Dilip Katkare had been abusing the other family and he got infuriated when the family went to register a complaint against him. He later entered their house and molested a 17-year-old girl.
“After learning about the incident from the girl’s father, we sent two constables — Mukund Talwankar and Yuvraj Patil — to arrest the accused. When our officers reached the spot, the accused and six of his friends assaulted them. They hurled stones at them and fled the spot. The constables were admitted to a city hospital,” said Sunil Bajare, senior police inspector from Panvel city police station.
The police launched a massive manhunt for the accused by forming several teams. Finally, the police arrested Katkare from Panvel on Wednesday.
“We have registered two first information reports in this case. The first one is for molesting the minor girl. We have booked the accused under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and some sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012. We booked all the culprits under sections 143, 147, 149, 353, 342, 336, 337, 427, 504 and 506 of the IPC for assaulting the constables,” said MM Kulladkar, assistant police inspector of Panvel police station.
“The accused was produced on court on Wednesday and has been remanded in police custody,” Kulladkar said.