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Fear & politicking in Kurla

mumbai Updated: Jun 25, 2010 00:21 IST
Rajendra Aklekar
Rajendra Aklekar
Hindustan Times
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In a bid to vie for the limelight, politicians are flocking to Nehru Nagar area of Kurla East that is in the news for serial rapes and killings of children.

The Shiv Sena on Wednesday announced the setting up of a brigade called Sena Marshals to “protect” children. Not to be left behind, the MNS on Thursday took out a ‘silent march’ to the police station to protest “shoddy investigation”.

“The police have failed to protect the citizens in the area,” declared MNS’ local leader Rajendra Lad.

Home Minisgter RR Patil visited the police station on Sunday night and reviewed the investigations. Much to their displeasure, families of victims were called to the police station to meet Patil. “He had called families of the victims at the police station and assured them of action. He was accompanied by the city’s police commissioner and took a review of the investigations,” a policeman at Nehru Nagar police station said.

Patil’s junior minister in the home department, Ramesh Bagwe (Congress) followed him on Monday and was seen busy giving soundbytes to the media. He was heard saying that he was there “to decide strategy to nab the elusive killer”.

Patil has already announced a cash reward of Rs 2.5 lakh for anyone who can give information on the suspects.

BJP leader Gopinath Munde, who visited the area, chose the occasion to train his guns on Patil. Pictures of him consoling parents of a victim were also circulated in the media. On its Marshals, Sena’s students wing leader Abhijit Panse said, “These men in saffron uniforms are members of the student wing of the Shiv Sena and have been trained to deal with such issues. They have been provided with identity cards and will patrol the streets near schools. They will be of help to the local police.”

The Samajwadi Party activists too made their presence felt by trying to barge into the police station in protest, but were caned by the police.