Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister RR Patil, who heads the Home Department, stepped in after Mumbai Police Commissioner D.N. Jadhav referred to the incident as “things that can happen in every society" and told the media not to “blow it out of proportion”.
Distancing himself from Jadhav’s remarks, Patil promised that the culprits would be caught and the case will be tried in the fast track court. But he maintained that the police did fine work on New Year’s eve and that this incident was an aberration. Excerpts from the interview:
Additional Commissioner of Police Archana Tyagi told
she was not aware of the incident and talked about wrong jurisdictions, Commissioner of Police D.N. Jadhav accused the media of creating a mountain out of a molehill.
What’s your reaction to their statements?
I don’t approve of CP’s [Jadhav] comment. I have already expressed my displeasure to them. I know it is not possible to keep a policeman behind every woman but the police need to create trust among people. I have told both of them [Tyagi and Jadhav] what I wanted to. They will supervise the investigation to be carried out by a special team of officers.
Why did the police not file a complaint suo motu? Don’t you think the culprits would have fled the city by now?
We will take statements of your photographers (by this time
had approached police to file a complaint). I assure you that we will locate the culprits. Last year too we found the culprits in the Gateway of India case from the photo that appeared in a newspaper. This time too, we will teach them (the accused) a lesson. I will have to check with the advocate general if the police can take suo moto cognisance of such cases. After investigations, we will take this case to the fast track court. But I still feel that the police did fine work on New Year’s eve.
Why do people fear the police and avoid filing complaints?
I don’t think that people don’t trust the police. Most people don’t file complaints to avoid inconvenience. In this case, we tried our best to convince the victims to file a complaint, but it was in vain. They are non-resident Indians (NRIs) from California. Maybe they don’t want to frequent the police station. I am now planning to install complaint boxes across the city for those who are not willing to visit police stations.