Two weeks after two Muslim teenagers from Mahim were allegedly picked up by the police, beaten up and told to “go back to Pakistan”, four officers, including a police inspector, from the Bandra police station, have been transferred.
The incident in mid-October shocked the city, as the two men, Asif Shaikh and Danish Shaikh, said they were picked up when they were on their way back from visiting a relative at Bhabha Hospital and had stopped their bike to get two drunk men off the road.
Their families said both Asif and Danish were detained and beaten up for more than three hours. After Asif had to be hospitalised, his family registered a complaint at the Bandra police station.
Following an inquiry ordered by the Mumbai police commissioner Ahmad Javed, four officers have been transferred to the local arms division on disciplinary grounds.
The transferred officers are police inspector Kedari Pawar, assistant police inspector Ravindra Kalamkar and police sub inspectors Shahaji Shelke and Sachin Patil. A police source said Pawar had gone on sick leave before the transfer order, while the others reported to the arms division office at Naigaon.
Assistant commissioner of police Sanjay Kadam, who is conducting the police inquiry, confirmed the transfer.
“The four were transferred so that further investigation can be done,” said Ramchandra Dhavale, senior inspector at the Bandra police station.
Both Asif and Danish are students of Rizvi College and live in the same building near St Michael Church in Mahim. Kadam had recorded the statements of at least eight policemen from the Bandra police station, independent witnesses and the victims.