In a shocking incident, a youth was seen trying to drown an on-duty police inspector in a pond in Kalyan on Tuesday night.
The incident occurred around 9 pm on Tuesday near Tisgaon Naka in Kalyan, when four youngsters pushed an unsuspecting police inspector into Tisai Talao. Following which, one of them jumped into the pond and was allegedly trying to drown the policeman.
The policeman, identified as Nitin Dagale (38), is attached with Kolsewadi Police station. Another policeman was also on the spot trying to prevent others from jumping inside, while hundreds others stood by and watched.
According to preliminary information, the youths belonged to Jari Mari mandal from Kalyan. They reportedly got into an argument with the inspector after he asked them to follow the queue for the immersion. The argument took an ugly turn when the youths ganged up on him and threw him in the pond. Later, one of them jumped inside and was seen trying to push the officer underwater.
All four have been booked by Kolsewadi Police station under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) read with 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention). Police have launched a manhunt to nab all four accused.
In the last few weeks, there has been a sudden rise in the number of attacks on public servants. In Kalyan alone, at least two KDMC officers and another policeman was attacked within a span of a month. In Mumbai, three traffic policemen were injured due to attacks by rogue motorists.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray are expected to meet today to discuss preventive measures for curbing the attacks on public servants and ensuring their safety.