Four drunk men ar­rested for at­tack­ing con­sta­ble in Thane

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Arvind Walmiki arvind.walmiki@hin­dus­tan­

THANE: Four peo­ple were ar­rested for at­tack­ing a po­lice con­sta­ble on Thurs­day at Var­tak Na­gar.

Two among the four men had gone to Ap­sara bar on Pokhran Road a week ago on April 14.

Arun Venkatesh Jetlu, 28, and Swap­nil Dnyanesh­war Dabne, 22, had gone drink­ing at Ap­sara bar. As the bar was about to shut, the bar owner stopped the live orches­tra.

The two got into an ar­gu­ment and wanted the mu­sic to con­tinue. The bar owner, Vinod Gaud, re­quested them to leave the bar as it was time to shut the bar.

Deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice V Chan­dan­shive said, “As they were asked to leave, the duo got an­gry. They abused the bar owner, who slapped one of them and asked him to leave. They threat­ened the bar owner and left.”

The two re­turned to the bar on Wed­nes­day but the man­ager was not there.

On Thurs­day around 12.15am, the duo came to the bar again along with their friends Vaib­hav Ankush Latke, 18, and Akash San­jay Mo­hite,19.

Gaud was present at the bar and they again ar­gued with him. As they were about to at­tack him, Gaud went in­side and called up the po­lice.

Chan­dan­shive said: “Mean­while, con­sta­ble Bhaskar Son­awane from Ko­pri po­lice sta­tion was around the area in his civil clothes. He saw a lot of com­mo­tion. The four were abus­ing the owner, who had run out­side the bar for his safety.”

Jetlu took hold of a beer bot­tle. When Son­awane tried to in­ter­vene and stop the oth­ers from at­tack­ing Gaud, Jetlu hit him on his head. The oth­ers beat him with sticks.

Af­ter the in­ci­dent, the four fled from the spot. “We have ar­rested all the four ac­cused. They have been booked un­der sec­tion 307 (at­tempt to mur­der) and other rel­e­vant sec­tions of ri­ot­ing Act. Son­awane has been ad­mit­ted to For­tis hospi­tal at Mu­lund and his con­di­tion is se­ri­ous.”

Son­awane lives at Kopar Khairane in Navi Mum­bai.

The four ac­cused, all res­i­dents of Var­tak Na­gar area, will be pro­duced in court on Fri­day.

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