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Mumbai cop thrashed by MLAs suspended

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, March 25, 2013
First Published: 17:26 IST(25/3/2013) | Last Updated: 01:20 IST(26/3/2013)

Agitating legislators got their way with the state government on Monday when it suspended the police officer who was beaten up by a group of MLAs in Vidhan Bhavan last week.

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Home minister RR Patil told the legislature that police sub-inspector Sachin Suryavanshi would be suspended with immediate effect because a preliminary inquiry report points out that he had behaved rudely with MLA Kshitij Thakur while booking his driver for speeding on the Bandra-Worli sealink on March 18.

"Preliminary inquiry [by a DCP] found that Suryavanshi was arrogant while conversing with Thakur. The language [used by the PSI] was unwarranted and unfitting for an officer on duty. The commissioner of police has endorsed the inquiry officer's opinion," said Patil.

The state legislature also set up an all-party committee under senior MLA Ganpatrao Deshmukh to probe the attack on the PSI and the subsequent suspension of five MLAs. The panel has been asked to submit a report and recommend action as early as possible.

In another development, the two MLAs - Thakur (Bahujan Vikas Aghadi) and Ram Kadam (MNS) - who had been arrested for allegedly assaulting Suryavanshi, were granted bail on a surety of Rs15,000.

They have been asked to report to the crime branch office every Wednesday till the completion of investigation. The court also told the MLAs not to tamper with the evidence in the case. Kadam and Thakur were released from Arthur Road jail on Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the crime branch probe seems to have come to a stop, with Vidhan Bhavan officials yet to share the CCTV footage of the assault, and the agency finding it difficult to get witnesses in the case.


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