In two separate incidents, two women police constables have filed offences of molestation and assault against two persons each as they misbehaved and attacked them after arguments on the road. In the first incident, which took place in Budhwar Peth on Saturday afternoon, a 28-year-old woman constable posted with Faraskhana police station has filed a complaint at Vishrambaug police station. Police have booked a woman and her son for offences under Indian Penal Code section 353 (assault on public servant while discharging duty) and 354 (outraging modesty of a woman).
The incident took place when the constable was manning the traffic and a bus brushed a car in front of Balaji Maharaj Temple. As the driver of the bus and woman driver of the car were having an argument, the constable tried to intervene. The woman driver of the car started shouting at the constable and a young man with her pulled away the nameplate of the constable, manhandled and molested her.
The two then drove away. An FIR was registered later and police said they have identified the woman based on the registration number of the car. Arrests will soon be made. The car is registered in Kolhapur.
The second incident, that took place on Saturday evening around 7.30 pm in Vadgaon Sheri and later in Chandan Nagar police station, a 28-year-old woman constable was assaulted and molested by three persons after an argument over parking of her bike on the road. Based on her complaint, police have arrested Sanjay Narwade (47), Vijay Narwade (48) and Sandip Narwade (26), all residents of Ganeshnagar in Vadgaon Sheri.
She said that she had gone to a shop in the market with her daughter after her duty hours and had parked her bike outside the shop. Vijay, who was driving a car, started honking loudly and hurling abuses at the constable for parking the bike in the way, even when there was ample space to pass, she said.
The constable went to the police station and told senior officers about the incident. Vijay was summoned to the police station and Sanjay and Sandeep also accompanied him. At the police station, they argued with police staff, threatened the constable by holding her hand and also molested her. The three were immediately arrested. Police said that the three run a gymnasium in Vadgaon Sheri.