A cab driver and his two children were arrested in Maharashtra’s Thane for allegedly manhandling a police inspector, an official said on Friday.
The accused were identified as 50-year-old Bahadur Dwarka Prasad, his son Arun, 22 and daughter Shweta, 23, the police said.
Bahadur Prasad, an Ola cab driver, had picked up a passenger from Mumbai and dropped him in Thane on the night of November 21, the official said. “But when he asked the passenger to pay the fare, the latter accused him of overcharging and allegedly started abusing and beating him up,” he said.
“After a heated exchange, the driver took the passenger to Naupada police station and lodged a complaint against him. The police asked both of them to return in the morning,” the official added.
“As instructed by the police, both the parties went to the police station the next morning. Shortly before noon, when police inspector (crime) Sanjay Dhumal was discussing the case with the driver, his son and daughter, who were also present there, started interrupting him and talking loudly,” police said.
“The officer asked them to remain calm and sit by the side and allow him to complete his work. However, this annoyed them and they started abusing inspector Dhumal,” the police said, adding that Shweta even pulled him by his uniform.
Sub-inspector Mohini Kapile lodged a complaint against the three and they were charged under Indian Penal Code sections 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), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and others.
They were arrested and later produced in a local court, which sent them to judicial custody, police said.
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