Army men beat up cops,3 held,CoI ordered

Army men beat up cops,3 held,CoI ordered

Cops were on patrol duty when accused allegedly picked up fight

The Army has ordered a Court of Inquiry (CoI) into an incident of alleged attack on policemen on duty by the personnel of the Army Medical Corps (AMC) near Vikram Batra complex,Defence Colony,Wanavdi late Monday evening.

The Pune police have arrested three “nursing assistants” attached to the AMC and booked one more in connection with the case. The police identified the arrested personnel as Yogesh Motiram Mane (32), Dheeraj Shankarlal Prasad (38) and Suresh Sangle,residents of quarters in the Vikram Batra complex,Defence Colony,Wanavdi.

Police havaldar Sachin Bhiku Gadhve (27) of the Wanavdi police station has lodged a police complaint in this case. In his statement,Gadhve and his colleague police havaldar Bhame said they were patrolling Wanavdi area on their official motorcycle on Monday evening.

The two “beat marshals” saw a four-wheeler parked near the Army Public School at the Defence Colony around 8.30 pm and objected to it. The persons in the four-wheeler left the place with the vehicle.


However,four persons,including suspects Mane and Prasad,came to the spot and started an argument with the police. They argued that civil police should not come into military area. As the quarrel worsened,the Army personnel allegedly slapped the policemen,snatched their radio sets and gun.

Meanwhile,a citizen Ravindra Laxman Barate (48) of Lulla Nagar,who was passing by the road,saw the scuffle and alerted the police control room. A team led by Assistant Inspector T D Gaud reached the spot and arrested Mane,Prasad and Sangle. One of them managed to escape.

The Wanavdi police arrested the trio under sections 353 (causing disturbance in government work),323,504,34 of IPC. They were produced before the Cantonment Court on Tuesday,which remanded them to judicial custody. They were later granted bail by the magistrate court. Assistant police inspector Suvarna Hulwan is investigating the case.

Meanwhile,Sanjay Arvikar,PRO,Ministry of Defence,said,“A Court of Inquiry has been ordered in this case. Strict action will be taken against those found guilty.”

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