Eighteen days after a head constable attached with the traffic department died, Mumbai police transfers him out of the department.
On April 12, Ganpat Ghare (54) died of cardiac arrest in Satara. On April 30, he was transferred from the traffic police department to the Local Arms Unit.
Hindustan Times has a copy of the transfer order.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Sanjay Barve said he did not know of this. “We will check. It cannot be possible to transfer a dead man. This mistake must have been made by the administration department or those doing the paperwork.”
In a major reshuffle of the constabulary, 350 traffic policemen were shunted out of the department in one day — Ghare was one of them.
Living in the Worli police quarters, he was attached to the Bhoiwada traffic division.
He is survived by his wife, Indu (50) and children, Suvarna (27), Alpana (25), Darshan (23) and Sudarshan (21). They confirmed his death but refused to comment. “My husband has died and we don’t want to discuss it,” said Indu.
Friends and neighbours said Ghare had a heart condition and was on a month’s sick leave, from April to May, when he died.
“Last year, he took two months of medical leave, but after resuming work, he suffered complications again,” said Tukaram Parab, a friend and neighbour of the victim.
“I got a call from the traffic office telling me he had died. Ghare’s wife and older daughter Suvarna were with him at the time of his death,” Darshan Surve (25), a constable with the Tardeo traffic branch told Hindustan Times.
“We have known and been very close to the family since childhood. His family would actively take part in all events in our residential area. His sons are close friends of mine,” he added.
The other staff at the department said Ghare was dedicated to his work and a gentle, sociable man.
“I had known him for the last 17 years. He never had issues with anybody, or meddled in anybody’s business,” said Bharat Agawane (47), a constable with Bhoiwada traffic branch.