Mumbai: A man attacked a police constable with an iron rod in Ambivli following an argument on Saturday. The situation could have escalated if the victim's pet dog had not chased away the attacker. The victim, Uttam Adsul, received six stitches on the head and was discharged from hospital on Sunday.
The Khadakpada police registered a case against the accused, Sachin Shelge, but did not arrest him. Upset with the police "inaction", Adsul's family has threatened to protest outside the police station. Even his colleagues at Thane police headquarters are shocked that the attacker has not been arrested. "Shelge tried to kill my father; we want him arrested and booked for attempt to murder," said Shranik, Adsul's son.
Shelge was booked under IPC sections 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation). Senior inspector of Khadakpada police station Gulabrao Gore said, "According to high court rules, under Section 324 we cannot directly arrest an accused. We have served him a notice and will probe the case before taking any action."
Adsul lives with his wife, two sons and a daughter in Mohane village near Kalyan. The incident took place on Saturday evening, when Adsul was returning home after taking his pet dog for a walk. "The constable dashed into the accused, and they had an argument. The accused then hit him on the head with an iron rod," said Gore. Adsul's dog chased Shelge away, but he returned minutes later. By then Adsul's wife Maya and a few relatives reached the spot and Shelge fled on seeing them. The family filed a case. Maya said, "It seems the police took money and let him go so that he could secure anticipatory bail. How can the police do this to a colleague?"