3 Jan 2009, 0308 hrs IST, V Narayan, TNN

MUMBAI: For two police personnel, an interrogation session on Thursday left them scarred, literally. A mother and her two children clawed at them

like cats, leaving the two with deep scratches on their faces while being questioned for shoplifting.
Around 5 30 pm, the police brought in Rekha Shah (30), her brother Ulpesh Shah (34) and mother Leelavati Shah (51) for questioning after Dilip Patel, owner of Jackpot at Galleria in Hiranandani Gardens, allegedly caught them stealing two handbags costing Rs 1,129.
However, inspector Ashok Jadhav and lady constable Geeta Aadhavkar (32) of Powai police station had to face the ire when they denied Rekha permission to attend a call from herhusband. Rekha was worried that the police would tell her husband, who runs a wine shop in Mulund, about the incident.
According to the police, the three come from a middle class family and are residents of Mulund (East). The mother-daughter duo flicked two bags from the shop but was caught by Patel while they were leaving the shop. Ulpesh was waiting outside the shop, the police said.
“We were interrogating the mother and daughter, when Ulpesh intervened and argued. The mother and daughter got agitated and scratched our faces,” said Jadhav. Aadhavkar said they had taken custody of Rekha’s mobile phone. “The phone started ringing. When Rekha realised that the call was from her husband, she panicked,” the constable said.
Jadhav said, “During interrogation, Leelavati Shah told us that they had been caught by the Mulund and Navghar police for similar crimes in the past.”
The trio has been booked for voluntarily causing hurt to deter a public servant from discharging his or her duty and theft under the Indian Penal Code.

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