In his letter, Khopade called the top brass of the police force ‘outdated’, and referred to them as ‘pro-capitalist’. He also said those at the top, including the DGP, were victims of post-traumatic stress disorder. Khopade said they are not ready for a change in the system since it will affect the hierarchy.
The letter also said despite setting up special forces like Force One and also getting state-of-the-art weapons in place, the police are still not competent enough to fight terrorists.
This is not the first time Khopade invited trouble by crticising the police force. He was issued a show-cause notice following the release of his book ‘Why Mumbai burned ...and Bhiwandi did not’ in December 2010 for violating discipline and talking against his seniors.
Khopade was instrumental in setting up several mohalla committees across the communally sensitive Bhiwandi area in Thane district, which burned down during the 1984 riots. These committees consisted of different stakeholders including people, police and NGO’s working together in areas to establish peace. This concept, which was a great hit, was also implemented in Mumbai, and other communally sensitive areas in the state. On the question of disciplinary action being taken, Patil said he will wait for the report.