Less than 48 hours after five people were arrested in connection with the murder of a Shiv Sena worker in Malad, Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria shunted out five police officers, including an assistant commissioner of police (ACP), to side branches on Thursday.
Dhananjay Kulkarni, Mumbai police spokesperson and deputy commissioner of police, detection, confirmed ACP Rajendra Kotak (Dindoshi division), senior inspector Subhash Dafale, inspector Arun Rajane, assistant inspector Prasad Pitale and sub-inspector Nitin Khairnar had been transferred out of the Dindoshi police station.
Although officers claimed the transfers had been ordered on administrative grounds, sources said the top cop had shunted them as they had failed to handle the situation satisfactorily.
On Tuesday, 27-year-old local Shiv Sena leader Ramesh Jadhav was stabbed to death while trying to resolve a fight between two groups at Malad (East). As news of the murder spread in the vicinity, a number of Shiv Sena workers had gathered outside the Dindoshi police station demanding action against the accused, following which the five men including a juvenile were caught. Senior police officers, including the Maria, had visited the spot.
While Dafale has been transferred to the protection and security branch, the other four officers have been transferred to the local arms division. “They were transferred on administrative grounds,” Kulkarni said.
Senior inspector of JJ Marg police station Shashikant Surve has been sent to the Dindoshi police station, the police said. Meanwhile, eight other senior inspectors were also transferred in the city in routine transfers. Five inspectors were promoted as senior inspectors.