Police have arrested three youths who tried to dish out their own brand of justice by abusing and threatening a traffic constable who was riding without a helmet in Bandra.
According to officials, constable Padarinath Ramu Eldar was patrolling near Prajakta Society in Bandra East on Sunday morning when the trio saw him riding without a helmet and gheraoed him.
The youths were identified as Pawan Sayadani, Ashok Gawas, and Vishwas Shirodkar. While Pawan removed the keys from the constable’s bike, Ashok started recording a video of the incident.
In the video, the trio can be seen questioning the constable about his helmet. When the official tells them to accompany him to the chowky, they refuse and continue to press him about his helmet.
When a bystander asks them to leave the cop alone, Pawan quips that he had been fined Rs 1,000 fine for riding without a helmet and that the same rule applies to everyone.
Eventually, Padarinath managed to get a helmet from one of the locals and requested the youths to return his keys. They oblige, but not before abusing him and warning him of the consequences.
After reaching the chowky, the constable narrated his ordeal to his supervisors, who asked him to file a complaint.
Following his complaint, Nirmal Nagar police registered a case under sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of his duty), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 34 (common intent) of the IPC along with sections 110 and 112 of the Maharashtra Police Act.
All three were subsequently brought to the station and placed under arrest. A medical examination was conducted, which revealed that the trio was under the influence of alcohol.
The youngsters were produced in court, which remanded them in police custody for two days. They were later sent to 14-days judicial remand.
Padarinath, meanwhile, got a challan of Rs 500 for flouting traffic rules by riding without a helmet.
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