Demanding that the Mohalla committees be revived, a delegation of citizens led by former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Suresh Khopade met Mumbai police commissioner Arup Patnaik on Monday. The police however did not pay heed to their demand, said Khopade.
Khopade, who was leading a delegation of around 50 people, said that over the past 11 months they had written at least 15 letters presenting their demand. “But there has been no response from the police,” he claimed.
Following the meeting, he alleged that the Mumbai police had lost touch with the public and that they were committing a big mistake by stopping the Mohalla committee meetings. “Mohalla committee has helped in curbing violence and crime on a large scale in the city in the past. These meetings have also been beneficial in curbing small disputes which arise in localities,” said Khopade.
He alleged that Patnaik said that the meetings had not stopped and they was some misunderstanding.
Patnaik said that the joint commissioner of police (law and order) or the spokesperson of the Mumbai police had been authorised to look into the issue.
Deputy Commissioner of police Nisar Tamboli, who is also the spokesperson of Mumbai police, dismissed Khopade’s allegations and told HT that there was no order for stopping the Mohalla Committee meeting by the Mumbai police. “The meetings are going on,” he said.