A 35-year-old Andheri resident employed with Sahkari Bhandar has filed a petition in the Bombay High Court alleging he was manhandled and threatened by a police officer from Matunga police station.
Vijay Pedanekar (35), who worked as a helper at the Vile Parle branch, said the police beat him up at the instance of some Sahkari Bhandar employees who wanted him removed from the job.
Pedanekar in the petition filed through his lawyer Kishore Pashte, said that on February 22, his supervisor asked him to go to the Bandra branch to collect some stationery. “I left our office at 4.55 pm and after completing my job there, I went home,” he said.
He claimed his branch manager S B Pawar told Sahkari Bhandar's general manager that Pedanekar had left work earlier than the stipulated 6 pm closing time. On February 26, Sahkari Bhandar’s administrative officer demanded an apology. “I refused as I was confident I had not made a mistake,” Pedanekar claimed.
Pedanekar claimed that on March 5, he was again called by the administrative officer and given an order transferring him to the Chunabhatti administrative office.
He claimed that some employees told him there was a complaint that he had threatened to chop off branch manager Pawar's hands, claiming to have four witnesses against him.
On March 6, when Pedanekar was at the Chunabhatti office, the Sahkari Bhandar personnel manager came there with a police constable. "The constable told me a complaint had been lodged against me and took me to Matunga police station", said Pedanekar.
“Police sub inspector Dyaneshwar Avahad bound my legs with nylon wire and beat me with a stick,” Pedanekar alleged, adding that Avahad told him that if he did not confess, he would be killed in an ‘encounter’.
Pedanekar was allegedly made to sign some papers, then released. “They haven’t even registered a non-cognisable complaint against me,” he said. “I still can’t hear properly and my hand is fractured. My condition has worsened in the last five days,” said Pedanekar.
I.S. Sanaden, personnel manager at Sahkari Bhandar, told Hindustan Times the police picked up Pedanekar as they had a case registered against him.
Avahad, now posted at Antop Hill police station, said he did not know about any petition filed against him. “This is the first I am hearing of this, although Pedanekar had come to Matunga police station once [when I was posted there]”.