The officers of Charkop police station in Kandivali west were manhandled and even slapped by a mob of over 2,500 people who protested outside the police station premises on Thursday.
The mob included the family members of the Nikesh Bhandari (26) who committed suicide alleging harassment by police officers from Charkop.
Police said the mob had demanded immediate arrest of 15 persons,including inspector Pravin Patil,NCP members Prakash Surve,Nitin Ghag and Sachin Vagh,booked by the Vasai GRP police for abetment to suicide as mentioned by Bhandari in his suicide note before he jumped in front of the train at Virar.
The Vasai GRP investigating the case had recorded the statement of Bhandaris family,based on which the 15 persons were booked.
On Thursday,police officers visited the houses of the accused but could not find them. The family members of Bhandari then protested outside the police station. The mob slapped senior police inspector Vasant Devrekar and also ripped off his name plate from his uniform,saying that the police were not doing anything to arrest the accused.
Police said the mob also damaged the houses of a few accused along with staging a raasta roko preventing the vehicle of the DCP to enter the police station premises. The mob withdrew their agitation at 5 pm when they were assured that action against the accused would be taken.
It is up to the Vasai GRP police to investigate the case and arrest the accused, said Devrekar.
On the occasion of Holi,Bhandari and his brother Chaitanya along with others resident of the area had gone to attend a function at Dadoji Konddeo ground. They had occupied seats on the stage to which a few people objected.
A group of ten people beat them up with wooden bats,stumps and iron rods. Bhandari suffered grievous injuries in his head and right leg. However,when he approached police PI Patil threatened him not to file a complaint and also harassed him which in turn frustrated Bhandari.