Ac­cused as­saults two con­sta­bles, pelt stones at them

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HTNAVIMUMB­AI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan [email protected]­dus­tan­

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.

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