What is the strangest alibi for poor performance? For Oshiwara police, it is vaastu.
This police station has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in the past few months: the policemen have either been embroiled in some controversy or the other or are have made headlines for their ineptitude and incompetence in solving cases.
To make things work here, they resorted to ancient science of direction for creating and maintaining a harmonious balance between man and material for improving performance of cops at this police station.
So the force behind Rajesh Padvi, then posted as the assistant police inspector, was trapped by the anti corruption bureau for demanding a bribe of Rs2 lakh is vaastu. Perhaps, vaastu made constable Rajendra Kamble depressed and made him take his own life.
Sounds a little bizarre, but that is how things are at Oshiwara police station.
For them, reprimanding their officers for being lax or negligent towards their duties will not work in their favour, but changing direction of rooms and furniture will certainly improve their dismal track record.
A senior police officer, requesting anonymity said, "This (Oshiwara) police station was built on a graveyard which makes this building inauspicious. We recently changed locations of few furniture and rooms of senior policemen according to vaastu shastra and the results have shown a drastic improvement already."
To begin with, the room in which the earlier in-charge of the police station was stationed has been converted into a detection room. The detection room has been taken over by the current senior police inspector Dilip Rupwate, who took charge three months ago and brought in these changes here, said not only his subordinates but also his superiors have noticed the improvement in performance.
However, in the same breath, he tried to play down the idea behind resorting to vaastu shashtra.
"The improvement of performance has nothing to do with vaastu shastra; it is completely based on discipline and diligence of policemen attached with Oshiwara police station and the results are for every one to see."