The first time Dhawal Udeshi (25) used the Right To Information Act, he got results, with immediate effect.
Udeshi’s tryst with the act began when a miscreant snatched the gold chain that he had around his neck on April 14.
“I was sitting with my back facing the door when suddenly, this attacker snatched my chain from behind and jumped from a running train.” Udeshi along with his cousins went to the Mumbai Central GRP Police station and lodged an FIR.
On June 22, a constable from the Mumbai Central station called Udeshi and told him that his chain was found.
“The constable told me that the thief had sold it to a ‘Marwadi’ who had melted the chain. So, if I wanted the chain in the original form, I would have to pay the constable.”
A suspicious Udeshi said he’d let the police know about it soon.
On June 24, however, he got a call from a different constable from the same station who repeated the story.
Udeshi refused to entertain the requests. “I found it ridiculous that I had to pay the police to get my chain back.”
He approached activist Sameer Zaveri, who advised him to file a complaint about the cops’ behaviour, along with an RTI query about the form in which his gold chain was found.
He filed an RTI with the GRP on June 28. A few days later, Inspector R.S. Kokate from GRP Mumbai Central called him. “I was told collect the chain from court, without any payment. Kokate told me that the chain was found in the original form.”
On Wednesday, Udeshi finally got his chain back, in the original form. With the chain firmly back in his hands, Udeshi is unsure whether he wants to pursue the complaint. “I realise that even policemen are humans and make mistakes. Hence, I am not too sure.”
Kokate, meanwhile, says that the complaint will be followed up.
“We’ve asked Udeshi to co-operate and give his statements.”