A police inspector and a constable attached to the Vinobha Bhave Nagar Police Station in central Mumbais Kurla (West) area were suspended on Wednesday for allegedly molesting a probationary police sub-inspector. The duo were suspended by Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik following an inquiry by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Protection) H K Waraich.
The suspended policemen have been identified as police inspector (administration) Dilip Mangaokar and police constable Ashok Walekar. Mangaokar and Walekar were suspended after the sub-inspector approached the top-brass of the Mumbai Police,alleging that the duo had often harassed her and that Mangaokar had allegedly gone to her house in November last year and misbehaved with her.
Senior police officers revealed that following the inquiry,the two policemen have been suspended and booked under Section 354 (assault or criminal force to outrage the modesty of a woman),509 (word or act intended to outrage modesty of a woman),451 (house trespassing) and 34 (common intent) of the Indian Penal Code. The case has been registered at the Vinobha Bhave Nagar Police. Officers revealed that unit 5 of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch has been ordered to probe the allegations levelled against the duo.
In her complaint,the victim has alleged that Mangaokar often called her to his chamber in the police station. She has alleged that he had also passed derogatory remarks against her. She has also said that Walekar also passed snide remarks about her and would call her to Mangaokars room very often, said a senior officer requesting anonymity.
The officer said Mangaokar allegedly went to the victims house at Nehru Nagar in Kurla in November last year and allegedly tried to get physical with her.
She has alleged that Mangaokar went to her house on November 20 last year and touched her head. She also accused him of touching her waist and commenting on her figure. In her complaint,she said that he told her that she had a model-like figure and compared her to an actress while touching her waist. In light of these incidents,the two have been suspended and criminal proceedings initiated against them, said the officer.