A 25-year-old man from Panvel, who allegedly abused and assaulted a police constable at Panvel was arrested by the police on Monday. The police constable was on COVID management duty when the incident happened.
Police said that as part of managing the crowd at different places in the city in view of the ongoing pandemic, the constable was managing a crowd on Sunday. In Shantivan Phata in Panvel, the police constable was trying to disperse a crowd on Sunday evening when the accused identified as Dushyant Pal refused to go.
An on-duty police official said, “When the constable asked him to go home, Pal started arguing with him. The accused even abused and pushed him towards a wall. The constable was diabetic and he felt dizzy after that incident. So, he came back to the police chowky. We later collected information about the accused and arrested him on Monday,” said the official from Panvel taluka police station.
The police booked the accused under section 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). He is now in police custody.