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Video: 'MNS first party to support Mumbai Police'

By Prasanna D Zore
August 21, 2012 23:45 IST
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In open defiance of the city's police machinery, Pramod Shantaram Tawde, a Mumbai cop with Byculla's wireless division, on Tuesday alleged that the central government and former Union Home Minister P Chidambaram were pressurising the state government to dismiss a police case filed by him against 15 CISF personnel.

According to Tawde, on the night of August 13, 2010, 15 CISF personnel attacked him and threatened to kill him with their AK 47 guns at Chamar Docks (in Sewri) when he asked them to furnish their identity cards.

He said that he filed a police case at the Yellow Gate police station in the city but for the past two years the case has been languishing in a lower court.

"My appeals to the state chief minister, prime minister, President, Union defence minister, Union home minister and even to the Human Rights Commission have fallen on deaf ears," Tawde told the media on Tuesday evening after he offered a yellow rose to Maharashtra Navnirman Sena president Raj Thackeray for supporting the city police. 

"Raj Thackeray's is the first party that organised a protest in support of the Mumbai Police," he said. "If Raj Thackeray wants he can give justice to any Marathi manoos or anybody else," he said.

Tawde said that only Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil assured him that he would look into the matter. However, after six months there has been no response from him, he added. 

Tawde also strongly pleaded that the Mumbai Police should organise a union.

"When IPS officers can form a union, doctors and lawyers can do, then why not the Mumbai Police?" he asked. He later said that the police force in Gujarat too have their union. The highly excited cop, addressing the media, said, "There is nobody to fight for our justice."

He alleged that two police inspectors attached to the Byculla wireless division sent him to J J Hospital in the city to prove that he was mentally unfit. The cop said that he was sent for the tests after he relayed a message over the police wireless system as to why he was not still getting justice.

The cop later alleged that when he went to Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik, he mocked at him.

He said he was not worried about the action that the police department would take against him for going public against the state's home minister and police commissioner, and had no worries he would lose his job after this public disclosure. 

"I have come along with my resignation letter," he said while showing his typed resignation letter to the media.

"I have lost trust in the police force which I once took a great pride of being a part of. My own department is after my life now," Tawde added.

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