A 27-year-old man, son of a police officer, was arrested for allegedly assaulting a policeman at Kalyan in Thane district, an official said on Thursday.
The incident took place on Wednesday night and the accused was identified as Abhijit Shinde, police said.
“Assistant police inspector (API) A M Khatib attached to MFC police station was on Dassehra bandobust duty at Shivaji chowk last night along with other policemen when a shopkeeper drew their attention to a man, who was beating up a girl,” a police official said.
“The police team rushed towards them and tried to rescue the girl. When they asked the man why he was beating her, he started abusing them and asked them to mind their own business. He told them she was his girlfriend,” the official added.
When the policemen tried to pacify him, he threatened them saying his father was also a cop, and pulled the API by his collar. The accused also tore Khatib’s uniform, police said adding that he was thereafter taken to MFC police station.
“During his interrogation, he said his father is an inspector posted in Mumbai police headquarters,” the officer said.
Shinde was booked under IPC 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), 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees), and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), police said adding that further investigation into the case is on.