Lone cop stands up to political goons
There is this Mumbai Mirror story that is a must-read. It is unusual and I have never heard of this happening in any major city and and apparently it hasn’t happened before, well, not in Mumbai at least. Or more likely, it hasn’t been reported.
A sub-inspector attached to the traffic police department stopped a drunk driver who was connected to an influential political family in Thane. Soon, the political family (the Indises, who have 3 corporators elected from the area and 16 cases against them) actually roughed up the policeman. But hear this – the cop had called for reinforcements which did arrive but the cops (more than a dozen) stood by watching as their colleague was beaten up and threatened! The small-time politicians warned the sub-inspector (Sanjay Mohite) that he would lose his job within 2 days.
Considering that these political goons have not been arrested inspite of having been accused in so many cases shows that why they were so confident of getting away with drunk driving. Why a drunk driving offense is nothing as compared to most of the other things they have been accused of – or so they must have thought!
The name of the political party has been kept out of the newspapers but I found this news report which says that Gangaram Indise and his brother Appasaheb Indise are from the Republican Party of India and their nephew Ramesh Indise is from the Shiv Sena. In fact in January this year goons/supporters of Gangaram Indise allegedly assaulted a Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Ramesh Mahure.
I do not know which of the Indises were involved in last night’s incident and neither could I find details of the cases registered against the Indises but this incident is a stark reminder to all of us that the police are politician’s slaves. And why just blame these junior officers? The top brass of the police force loves to talk about corruption in the lower ranks, but clearly unless these ‘lower level’ cops were afraid of being sacked, suspended or transferred, they would never have stood by and done nothing. Senior police officials are protecting the Indises. And if politicians from a small party can hold the cops to ransom, one can imagine the horrors that other political parties must be perpetuating.
The media had written about another incident in which the RPI had been involved. The party had engineered a fake publicity stunt. They had erected a fake cyber cafe, planted some porn inside and called the media as they went about destroying the ‘cyber cafe.’
There should be an inquiry not just about last night’s incident but also as to why the Indises have not been arrested for the other cases they have been involved in and which senior cop is involved. Identify and sack the senior guy first.
In the meantime all my admiration goes to sub-inspector Sanjay Mohite for standing up to the Indise goons. He deserves a medal
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