Thackeray criticises police chief over Azad Maidan violence
Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray today hit out at the Maharashtra Government for handling of the Azad Maidan violence and accused commissioner Arup Patnaik of demoralising the police force.mumbai Updated: Aug 20, 2012 19:54 IST
Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Monday hit out at the Maharashtra government for handling of the Azad Maidan violence and accused commissioner Arup Patnaik of demoralising the police force.
"When police were being attacked, when women police personnel were being molested, Mumbai's police commissioner Arup Patnaik was growling at those who were trying to control the radicals indulging in violence. The morale of Mumbai police has been dented because of such a police commissioner," Thackeray alleged, in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.
"The country is going to pay the price for stifling the fighting spirit of the police force," he said.
Thackeray lauded the work done by the then Mumbai police commissioner Shrikant Bapat, who, during 1992 riots, took stringent action against the rioters.
"How can one compare Bapat and Patnaik, who holds a pistol in the hand in which he has worn bangles?" he quipped.
Thackeray said, the government, chief minister and home minister who are backing such a police commissioner are "enemies of the society and the country."
Patnaik could not be contacted for comments.
"We never said all Muslims are radicals or Pakistan lovers and nor will be say such things. However, a handful of radical and anti-national Muslims have raised a question mark over their entire community," the Sena chief said.
The government and police desisted from taking action against those involved in defacing the Amar Jawan memorial as they felt religious sentiments would be hurt during Eid, he said.
"Is it Muslims only who have feelings? What about Hindus? When Kanchi seer Jayendra Saraswathi and Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur were arrested, did anyone think of feelings of Hindus?" Thackeray questioned.