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Lone cop stands up to political goons

November 22, 2007

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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18 Comments leave one →
  1. November 22, 2007 9:03 am

    Great job! I think he deserves to be promoted.

  2. November 22, 2007 10:01 am

    i find this line the saddest :

    At least 20 Indise supporters allegedly went to Mahure’s Pereira Nagar house late last night and abducted him. The accused took him near statue of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and allegedly assaulted him with cricket bat and stumps.

    Under a statue of a man who believed so much in the ‘Rule of Law‘.

  3. November 22, 2007 10:30 am

    Thanks Ruhi, Harini.
    I was discussing this issue with my maid and she said:

    Only bhai’s get elected. It’s like that only.

    There was no anger at all in her tone, she was just accepting the reality.

  4. November 22, 2007 11:34 am

    It’s good that the case got opened in Media.. otherwise I guess his life would have gone horrible… Thanks to Mumbai Mirror too.

  5. November 22, 2007 2:13 pm

    Why other policemen din’t intervene? Is it out of fear? Thanks to media to bring out this issue. Only media can save such honest, upright police officers.

  6. November 22, 2007 2:17 pm

    But many of such cases are forgotten by the media eventually. Noone knows what will happen to these poor souls after a few months.

  7. November 22, 2007 2:18 pm

    poor souls = policeman ( and others who stand against the political goons)

  8. anuragsaurabh permalink
    November 22, 2007 4:19 pm

    I wish you were the authority who distributes awards…
    In reality it is not going to happen,Mr. Mohite will be transferred or shunted to office work…but will not lose his job..
    Incidentally i met a guy of 22 years old from a well to do family from South,in Delhi, he was preparing for civil services..
    As i have this inherent bimari of asking people uncomfortable questions,I asked him why you want to join ias/ ips…you being an engineer, can get a lucrative job elsewhere..
    his answer was …money…there’s a lot of money which can be made in services…and with political connections i can get lucrative postings…
    now where will that single minded aspiration of money will take us…if we will have such bureaucrats….

    keep tracking Mr. Mohite…you will find where he lands up…

  9. November 22, 2007 5:41 pm

    frankly Mohite deserves to be sacked
    it may just do him a world of good
    how dare he disobey the rulers of the land aka political goons

    nyways hed be better off working in some high profile security agency and guess what he will never progress in a police core where 2/3 of officers are corrupt or are ji mantriji officers.

    have u seen american gangster ? just saw it yesterday – it hasent released yet in india but its a fab movie and a must see.

  10. November 22, 2007 5:44 pm

    remember the harassment of the mseb officer who cut off the e/c of the cms bungalow in nagupr nasik or somewhere?

    from seeing my dads clean service and frustrations of being an honest govt servant and being punished for being honest there is no honesty left when goon rule the country and state

  11. November 22, 2007 7:09 pm

    Every sector of society has individuals like Mohite who stem the rot that raises a stink everywhere. Let’s hope we hear of more such people who show spine and morals!

  12. November 22, 2007 10:37 pm

    Bharath, considering that Mumbai Mirror is a tabloid it’s great that they have taken up this issue. Hope they follow it up.

    Old Sailor,
    yes it’s out of fear nothing else. They feel they will lose their jobs!

    Taju
    , that is what I fear. The media soon forgets about such cases. It’s a minor incident after all…it’s not murder or some other political scandal. But I do believe it’s the little things which are important. If politicians are allowed to get away with these things, they will do something worse…and they do!

    Anurag,
    you are cynical, but you almost convinced me! Not completely though.

    Prax, no I haven’t seen american gangster. Sounds like an interesting title though.
    You are right honest officers do get harrassed but I feel that we are seeing more and more of them today! They are still a trickle but I am waiting for the day when they become a flood! The tide will turn!

    Rdoc,
    five years ago anyone who was rich going to jail was very rare. Today the police are putting the rich behind bars. Politicians are also suffering…but not as much. As of now it’s those politicians who are out of power who get into trouble for their past misdeeds…

  13. November 23, 2007 2:08 am

    it hasnt released yet here but thanks to internets awesome abilities i saw it its well made and good story

    denzel washington and Russell Crowe have acted well
    its also a good though cliched cops n druglord story

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Gangster

  14. November 26, 2007 3:07 am

    Separate the Executive from the Legislature please🙂 Our civil society will transform in no time. What do you think Nita?

  15. amreekandesi permalink
    November 26, 2007 4:31 am

    This is indeed unfortunate, and a grim reminder to those who are honest to their work.

    But like you, i also believe that the honesty levels are rising, and sooner than later the trickle will become a flood.

  16. November 26, 2007 9:27 am

    @Priyank:

    Well, the center has requested the states to separate the police from the Executive but the states are being tardy on this issue. It is ofcourse the only solution.

  17. November 26, 2007 9:29 am

    @amreekandesi:

    There is no doubt that honesty levels are rising, particularly amongst govt. officials. Whether it’s because of the RTI act which is exposing even transgressions like misusing official vehicles, or because the media is using sting operations, govt. officials are nor more afraid than they were five years ago! But all changes take time, and it’s best that they do because only will the change be permanent.

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