A 50-year-old constable attached to the Agripada police station fainted on Friday evening allegedly because a senior officer had made him stand in the sun for more than three hours.
Police Constable, Ramkrishna Ghughre, collapsed at the gates of the police station at 4 pm on Friday. He was rushed to Nair Hospital at Mumbai Central.
Ghughre, who is deputed at the central control room, had joined work on March 18 after a 15-day leave his wife, Anjali, told Hindustan Times.
“He has had a heart condition for several years and has undergone two angioplasty procedures, once in 2005 and then in 2007,” she said.
Anjali alleged that Ghughre was made to stand at the gates of the police station for several hours. “Senior Police Inspector, Pravin Gosavi, made him stand with a rifle in the heat, which led his collapsing,” she said. Anjali also alleged that Gosavi knew of Ghughre’s condition, but still made the constable stand in the heat.
Gosavi denied the allegations.
“He has never worked under me. He has been on deputation at the central control room and had reported to me only yesterday,” Gosavi said, adding he had no reason to target Ghughre.
He said Ghughre, like any other policeman, was asked to man the gates as part of his duty. “I was the one who sent him to hospital,” Gosavi said. “I don’t know why any one would spreading such false stories against me.”
Doctors took an electrocardiogram and advised that Ghughre be kept under observation. He was later discharged.
Ghughre refused to speak on the matter. “I have given my statement to Assistant Commissioner of Police, Jayant Sarmokadam,” he said, refusing to comment on his wife’s allegations against his superior.