The Mumbai police have transferred the senior inspector of Nehru Nagar police station, Prakash Kale, with immediate effect following criticism over the serial rape and murder cases in his area.
Kale has been transferred to the Local Arms department. B.R. Kadam, who is presently posted with the Traffic Department, will take over from Kale on Wednesday.
Police Commissioner Sanjeev Dayal, however, said Kale had been transferred on administrative grounds. “It (the transfer) is in administrative interest,” Dayal told HT. Kale, who is to retire on July 31, was transferred from the same police station earlier following the discovery of the body of nine-year-old Anjali Jaiswal on March 8. The killer, suspected to be a serial killer on the loose, had dumped the body on the terrace of the police quarters where Kale lives after raping her.
The quarters are located across the road from the police station and the incident had raised questions over security in the locality. Kale had challenged this order in the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT), which granted a stay. He resumed work at the police station in the last week of March.
Dayal said that the decision [to transfer Kale] was taken keeping the MAT order in mind. Highly placed police sources said Kale had upset his seniors.
Sources said he had gone on sick leave since Sunday after the discovery of the decomposed body of a nine-year-old girl, the third such instance in the past four months.
He did not attend the police commissioner’s crime conference on Monday where attendance of senior inspectors from all police stations is mandatory. Kale had, instead, sent another inspector, which the administration found non tenable.
Some, however, believe Kale is a scapegoat.
“If Kale was a failure, so were the assistant and deputy commissioner of police of the zone,” said a senior inspector, requesting anonymity.
“Higher-ups should be held responsible too.”