The transfer of a senior police officer, conducting the investigation into the controversial raids on hotels in Madh Island, may be cancelled.
A senior officer, on condition of anonymity, confirmed that a request to cancel the transfer order of additional commissioner of police (north region) Fatehsingh Patil has been made on Friday. This after Patil was transferred to Nanded district as the inspector general of police (IG) the previous evening.
The raids that took place last week sparked a debate in the social media. While some accused the police of moral policing, locals praised the police. Around 61 couples were arrested for indecent behavior.
Reacting to rumors of Patil being transferred over his alleged inefficiency in tackling the spate of criminal activities in his jurisdiction, the officer said he was the one who was assigned the task of inquiring into the ‘moral policing controversy’.
“Why should Patil be transferred? He is good officer and should not be transferred. His transfer order will be cancelled,” said the senior officer.
The Malwani area has been in the news for the hooch tragedy in June and, more recently, the raids. After the incident where 104 people died after consuming spurious alcohol in the area, some officers of Malwani police station were transferred.
Soon after the news of Patil’s transfer spread on Friday, the media began questioning senior police officers about the reasons for this move. Police sources, however, maintained Patil was being transferred on ‘administrative grounds which was long-pending’.