Malwan custodial death: Three days on, top cop Rakesh Maria yet to take action

  • Farhan Shaikh, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 04, 2015 22:36 IST

Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria has failed to initiate action in the custodial death of Hari Chavan even as three days have passed.

The top cop had until now set a precedent of taking timely action by transferring officers involved in corruption and dereliction of duty to maintain the force’s public image.

But the lack of action in this case leaves many questions unanswered, including if the crime branch will conduct an impartial and fair probe in the case.

Despite several attempts by HT, Maria could not be reached for a comment.

On Saturday, Maria, along with Republican Party of India (RPI) leaders, met Chavan’s relatives.

“He has promised action against the guilty policemen. After this assurance, we performed the final rites,” said Ramu Kale, a relative of Chavan.

Maria has promised the family that the case will not be buried and they will get justice. Chavan’s family is hopeful that even if the local police have failed them, the commissioner will not let them down.

No clarification has been made as to why Chavan was put in the lock-up when he was not even placed under arrest. While the officials at the Malwani police said he was merely brought in for questioning, the same officers have failed to explain how he managed to hang himself in the lock-up, which has a clear view from the detection officer’s room, situated opposite the lock-up.

Meanwhile, the situation at Malwani, which saw several protests and political tensions over the past two days, calmed down on Saturday.

Several politicians, including RPI’s Ramdas Athavale, promised justice for Chavan’s family.

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