April 28, 2015 1:23:12 am
Cracking the whip on the “black sheep” within the force, the Mumbai Police will be compiling a list of officers and personnel found to be indulging in “moral turpitude”.
The report on policemen with a history of womanising, alcohol addiction and substance abuse will directly reflect in future transfers, officials said.
The Mumbai Police’s image suffered a huge dent this month after three of its personnel were arrested for allegedly raping a model inside a police chowky and extorting money from her while a fourth one was caught having an affair with a drug peddler.
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“We are compiling lists of all such policemen found to be indulging in moral turpitude, in addition to those of doubtful integrity. Additional CPs and DCPs have been instructed to make these lists. The Crime Branch and Special Branch will also compile their independent lists.
All policemen whose names figure in these lists will be given postings where they have minimal contact with the public,” Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria told The Indian Express.
According to officials, the list will specifically look to blacklist officers reported to have indulged in “womanising, alcohol addiction or drug abuse”.
On April 23, assistant police inspectors Sunil Khatpe and Suresh Suryavanshi and constable Yogesh Ponde, all with the Saki Naka police, were arrested after a 29-year-old model approached Maria alleging she was subjected to sexual abuse by Khatpe in the Sangharsh Nagar police chowky and that the policemen also extorted nearly Rs 10 lakh from her.
In an interview to The Indian Express, the model had recounted her alleged ordeal.
The incident came close on the heels of a police constable, Dharmaraj Kalokhe, being held for helping Shashikala Patankar, a drug peddler, by transporting and storing drugs for her in his house as well as in his locker at the Marine Drive police station. Kalokhe allegedly had an affair with the woman drug peddler.
On Monday, Maria and Joint Commissioner of Police Deven Bharti held a meeting of all additional commissioners and deputy commissioners of police in the city, warning them of consequences if any of their subordinates were found to be indulging in such serious crimes. At the same meeting, it was decided to compile a list of all members of the 55,000-strong Mumbai Police who indulged in such crimes.
Meanwhile, senior police inspector Prasanna More of the Saki Naka police station has been transferred to the Special Branch while DCP (Zone X) Prashant Holkar was transferred to the Local Arms division as a punitive measure for “supervisory failure”. Sources said Holkar was likely to be replaced by DCP Vinayak Deshmukh, who is currently with the LA.
“DCPs have been given clear instructions to pay regular visits to police stations in their zones. Also, they have been asked to keep a check on their officers and interact more with the mohalla committees. If anybody is found inept in handling any situation, necessary action will be taken,” Bharti said. “In a force of 55,000, there will be a few black sheep. But we are going to identify them and take action against them.”
The two recent incidents involving policemen seem to have rattled the city police brass. Addressing a press conference on Monday, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Atulchandra Kulkarni said, “Definitely, there are some people who have gone wayward and need to be brought to book. When the victim (in the Saki Naka case) came to the Commission of Police, he understood the seriousness and an offence was registered within 24 hours.”
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