Mumbai: ACP conducts probe into delay in filing FIR at Bandra police station
Cops from the Bandra police station were summoned to give details of the incident to the ACP and the senior inspector of the station was asked to speak the complainant in detail about the alleged delay.mumbai Updated: Sep 20, 2014 16:46 IST
A day after HT reported a 27-year-old woman’s alleged ordeal in getting an FIR registered in a molestation case, additional commissioner of police (ACP) (west region) Milind Bharambe on Friday conducted an inquiry into the incident.
Officers from the Bandra police station, who are probing the case, were summoned to give details of the incident to the ACP and the senior inspector of the Bandra police station was asked to speak the complainant in detail about the alleged delay.
The woman, in a recent social media post, had alleged that when she went to the Bandra police to lodge a complaint, shortly after she was molested by a hawker on Hill Road, what should have been a simple procedure turned into a four-hour long one where the police tried to convince her not to file an FIR.
HT had reported this in its September 19 edition. Reacting to the report, senior officers of the west region on Friday directed the Bandra police to contact the woman and ask her to identify the officer(s) who, she claimed, discouraged her from filing the FIR.
Ramchandra Dhavale, senior inspector, Bandra police, said, “The woman identified sub inspectortor Savita Kadam and said she [Savita] was on her mobile phone most of the time while recording her statement. Kadam claimed she was trying to contact me to inform me of the incident. As I was busy in a meeting, I could not take her call,” said Ramchandra Dhavale, senior inspector, Bandra police.
Kadam, said Dhavale, claimed chairperson of the MSCW said in response to the woman’s social media post. You can also file a complaint online at she did not say anything to the woman other than her enquiries into the incident. “Kadam said she recorded the woman’s statement in an hour and lodged the FIR.”
However, Bharambe said according to his inquiry, there had been a delay in registering the FIR. “The woman visited the police station at 7.30pm. The woman officer took three hours to lodge the FIR because another woman at the police station required medical help and the officer had to take her to a hospital. The woman thus had to wait till the officer returned” he said.
However, he accepted the woman shouldn’t have been inconvenienced and said the inquiry into this would continue.