Under pressure from legislators, home minister RR Patil, on Friday, suspended two police officers accused of beating up a Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) legislator, Harshvardhan Jadhav, in January. Patil also announced a high-level inquiry against two other policemen involved in the beating.
On Friday, Patil said inspector Abhimanyu Pawar and sub-inspector Suryakant Kokane would be suspended pending an inquiry. Inspector general of police (Aurangabad range) will conduct an inquiry against additional superintendent of police Arvind Chavariya (Aurangabad rural) and sub-inspector Sampat Palavade.
Jadhav (MLA from Kannad, Aurangabad) had accused the policemen of assaulting him when he tried to join chief minister Prithviraj Chavan’s convoy near Aurangabad. On Thursday, the Assembly was adjourned for the day after the opposition and some Congress legislators demanded action against the policemen. Patil defended his officers saying Jadhav too had attacked the officers. Not convinced, Prithviraj Chavan set up a seven-member committee to examine the issue, which recommended punishment for the police officers.