A police constable posted in Mumbai’s western suburbs was arrested for allegedly manhandling a couple inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) in Borivali on Tuesday afternoon. He had taken a break from work on Tuesday.
Constable Prasad Dalvi, posted with the D N Nagar police station in Andheri West, has been remanded in police custody. He has been charged with molestation and criminal intimidation under the Indian Penal Code.
According to the police, Dalvi, 28, had been posted as a wireless operator at D N Nagar police station for the past four years. Sources said that on Tuesday, Dalvi had turned up for work, but was relieved after he claimed his son was sick and he needed to take him to the hospital. “Dalvi said that he would return in two hours,” the source said. “Inquiries have found that his son was sick and Dalvi’s wife was to take him to the hospital. Dalvi did not go along,” the source added.
In the afternoon, Dalvi allegedly drove his motorbike into SGNP. The police said he spotted a couple on a bench at Dandi Point – a hillock in SGNP. “Dalvi went to the couple and asked why they were sitting there. He was not in uniform at that time,” said Suhas Raikar, senior inspector, Kasturba police station.
Dalvi then allegedly manhandled the girl. “He pulled at her hand and grabbed hold of her t-shirt when the couple did not pay attention to him. The couple raised an alarm and Dalvi tried to flee on his motorbike,” Raikar said.
The man approached a police chowky nearby.
“Our men chased and intercepted Dalvi before he could ride out of the park’s exit,” Raikar said.