Following the death of traffic cop Vilas Shinde, who was allegedly repeatedly hit on the head by a traffic offender and his elder brother while on duty, a Shiv Sena MP hit out at the BJP saying if his party had the home portfolio such goons would have never dared to attack a cop.
Rajya Sabha MP and executive editor of party mouthpiece Saamna, Sanjay Raut on Thursday said that if a Shiv Sena minister was in charge of the home department, criminals would have been terrorised simply by the knowledge that the party holds the home portfolio. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has chosen to keep the home department with himself ever since he took charge in 2014.
“Simply a legislation on paper or a chair in Mantralaya is not enough to ward off such thugs. Who occupies that chair is also important. If Shiv Sena had the home department, we could have taken care of these criminals in a different way. Even today, people live in awe of the Shiv Sena, whether we are in power or not,” Raut said.
The leader said atrocities against cops in Maharashtra are on the rise and this does not suit the state. “The chief minister is very able and I respect him. But he has a lot of other work too. The home department is the nerve centre of the entire state, and it should be headed by someone who can work on the portfolio 24 hours,” the Shiv Sena parliamentarian said.
Vilas Shinde, head constable attached to the Mahim Bandra causeway traffic chowky, had slipped into coma before succumbing to his injuries after being hit by a 17-year-old biker and his 21-year-old brother at a petrol pump on SV Road. The Khar police station has arrested the attackers and booked them for murder.