The transfer of assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Vasant Dhoble, and inquiry by the crime investigation department (CID) into a hawker’s death on Friday, might have come as good news for hawkers across the city. But residents and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials claim that the good work done by Dhoble would now be undone.
A group of hawkers held a protest outside Santacruz railway station on Saturday, and burnt an effigy of Dhoble shouting slogans calling him a ‘killer’ and a ‘tormentor’. Their reaction was spurred by the death of a hawker on Friday when BMC conducted an eviction drive with Dhoble’s support outside Santacruz station.
Hawkers claimed it was because of Dhoble’s action that Madan Jaiswal, 45, fell unconscious and died. The hawkers also claimed that the drive was conducted in a hawking zone, even as BMC officials disagreed.
Dayashankar Singh, president of the Azad Hawker’s Union (AHU), said: “Our hawkers are listed with the state government. Police officers like Dhoble cannot go around evicting hawkers from hawking zones. The hawkers here are paying the BMC and are allowed by the high court to run business in the area.”
Singh claimed he had written to the additional commissioner of police (west zone) and the Mumbai police commissioner about Dhoble harassment. “Transferring him is not a solution. We demand a suspension,” added Singh.
However, residents of Santacruz (E) told HT that Dhoble stood for the law and cleared the area of hawkers. Dilip Patel, a resident, said: “He was right in what he did. He helped in cleaning up the streets from illegal hawkers though not everyone liked it.”
A 59-year-old man, on the request of anonymity, said, “After ACP Dhoble started his drive against illegal hawkers, the streets became uncongested. Now, with him gone, this place will be taken over by hawkers again.”
“It is very unfair that action has been taken against an officer like Dhoble,” said a civic engineer from H-East ward. Ever since Dhoble was posted, the police would ensure that the roads remained hawker-free, and hawkers started fearing the law.”
Hawker died of brain haemorrhage: doctors
Mumbai: The postmortem of Madan Jaiswal, 45, the hawker who collapsed and died soon after an eviction drive at Santacruz (E), says he died a natural death, said doctors at JJ Hospital, Byculla.
Late Friday night, Jaiswal was taken to VN Desai Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. “He suffered a brain haemorrhage. There was not a single injury on his body. There is evidence of old tuberculosis in his body which had healed. Overall, we can say it is a natural death,” said Dr TP Lahane, dean of JJ Hospital. An inquest panchnama was drawn by a magistrate before the postmortem was done.
“If the haemorrhage is within the brain cavity, it amounts to a natural death. The haemorrhage can also occur due to rise in blood pressure, which can be deduced in the medical history of the patient or circumstances in which he died,” said Dr Shailesh Mohite, head of forensic medicine, Nair Hospital, Mumbai Central.
The viscera of the patient has been sent to the forensic science laboratory at Kalina. HTC
Vendors’ union chief demands murder case against Dhoble
new delhi: National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) on Saturday demanded registration of a murder case against assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Vasant Dhoble in connection with the alleged killing of 45-year-old fruit vendor Madan Jaiswal.
In a letter to Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan and union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, NASVI national coordinator Arbind Singh also demanded an immediate compensation of Rs25 lakh from the state government to the victim’s family.
“We have learnt from reports of our affiliates in Mumbai that the death of the fruit vendor is not a natural death. The crackdown triggered the killing of a poor man who was working at the site for the last 20 years,” Singh said in his letter.
Copies of the letter have also been sent to union minister of housing and urban poverty alleviation, National Human Rights Commission, Maharashtra director general of police, Mumbai police commissioner and municipal commissioner.
Singh alleged that ACP Dhoble “has severe class baises against the working poor.” -- Satya Prakash