Corruption allegations and non-performance were among the top contributing factors in the punishment transfers of 35 Mumbai traffic police officers on Tuesday.
The officers were shunted to local arms division (LA) by top cop Rakesh Maria. This is the largest number of transfers in a single day so far. The move comes at a time when the police force is facing severe flak, after several cases of cops being involved in criminal activities came to the fore. The high ranks of the force have now decided to brazenly cut to size errant officers.
The list of officers transferred to LA includes seven inspectors, while others consist of assistant inspectors and sub-inspectors.
Sources at the traffic headquarters said the transfers were recommended by Milind Bharambe, joint commissioner of police (traffic), to ‘speed up enforcement duties’.a
A senior officer from the traffic headquarters said the list of non-performing officers was sent to Maria, who issued the transfer orders in what is viewed as a stern warning to traffic police officers.
While most of the transferred officers were posted at traffic outposts, some were in the CCTV control rooms. According to sources, the control room staff was allegedly extorting money from fellow police officers. They would ask for their share of money whenever they would find a fellow cop accepting bribe from any motorist, said sources.
The cop caught on camera would give a cut to the control room officer to erase the footage.
Most of the inspectors were posted in the western suburbs such as Sakinaka, Airport and Vakola traffic outposts, among others.
Expediting traffic implementation across the city, Bharambe is said to have reviewed the status of the workforce – mostly concentrating on the officers posted at the outposts.
Apart from issues pertaining to non-performance, there were certain lapses on part of the officers on the administrative level demanding the transfers, said officials.