Nearly five months after he was beaten up by legislators in the Vidhan Bhavan premises following a tiff with an MLA, traffic policeman Sachin Suryavanshi has been transferred out of the city.
Suryavanshi, a sub-inspector with the Worli traffic police, has been shifted to the police training school in Sangli, western Maharashtra, in a move being perceived as a case of political arm twisting.
On March 19, a group of MLAs allegedly assaulted Suryavanshi in the Vidhan Bhavan premises. Suryavanshi had stopped and fined Thakur the previous day for speeding on the Bandra Worli Sea Link, after which a spat broke out between the two.
Suryavanshi, who had been suspended after the incident, was reinstated just last month. His transfer has now led to speculation that he was sent to a non-field posting for taking on the politicians. However, his seniors told the media that the transfer was done on his requested. Suryanvanshi hails from Sangli.
“Suryavanshi recently requested me for a transfer to Sangli. We considered his request and transferred him to Police Training Centre there,” said Director General of Police Sanjeev Dayal.
Dayal insisted there was no government pressure to take such a decision. “The transfer was not intended to demoralise Suryavanshi,” he said.
However, an advocate connected to the police case against the MLAs for the assault alleged foulplay. “The Worli police was supposed to conduct an inquiry into Thakur’s altercation with Suryavanshi and submit a report in court by August 21. To shield him from the inquiry, they have chosen to transfer Suryavanshi before the probe could happen,” said advocate Abha Singh.
Singh represents Santosh Daundkar, who had filed an application after the Worli Police failed to register an FIR against Thakur over the assault. Singh said they would continue to fight the case.
Home minister RR Patil was not available for his comments.
The assault had invited widespread criticism, following which five MLAs, including Thakur and Ram Kadam of the MNS, were suspended. Thakur and Kadam were also arrested and later released on bail. The MLAs were reinstated during the monsoon session of the state legislature.
With agency inputs