MUMBAI police on Tuesday suspended the two women constables seen in the video beating a young woman who had gone for Ganpati visargen at Lalbaug cha Raja at Parel on Friday. While the deputy commissioner of police (zone 4) Ashok Dudhe is still to complete the inquiry into the incident, the preliminary inquiry, police commissioner Ahmad Javed on Tuesday suspended the two women constables identified as Varsha Patil and Anuradha Solunke.
On Monday a video of woman being beaten up by three to four women cops in public outside the main entrance of Lalbaugh Cha Raja Pandal in Parel on the occasion of Ganesh visargen has gone viral with several people have reacted strongly and have criticized police sharply for abusing their power
Joint commissioner of police (law and order) Deven Bharti said,”During the preliminary inquiries we identified the two cops seen in the video assaulting the victim woman. It may be whoever’s mistake but the police does have any rights to hit anyone unnecessarily. We found misconduct of the two constables and hence we have suspended them and further inquiry is going on.” Both the woman constables are attached to Local Arms division and were posted at Lalbaug cha Raja on the ganpati festival.
Sharma said,Victim woman Nandini Goswami said that she is not completely satisfied with the suspension as two more cops were involved and she stressed that action should be taken against few volunteers who were provoked her. “Suspension of cops is not the solution, the volunteers who are running the illegal racket should be punished. Is this the way the volunteers treat the devotees, this is going to happen again and again every year, this year they were caught by my friend Nandini Goswami who had gone for darshan along with her mother.
Now DCP Dudhe and his team is busy recording statements of idependent witnesses, volunteers of the mandal who witness Goswami being betean. Defending the women cops, few of the cops have told police that Goswami not only tried to forcibly enter into the VIP gate but also abused the cops and volunteers and provoked them that stating that she knew karate and was black belt. Police on Tuesday recorded statement of Goswami and her mother in detail.
Goswami told cops on Tuesday that some police were leaving people inside from the VIP gate on monetary consideration and she too tried to sneak into when cops stopped her and assaulted her without any provocation. Later Nandini taken to Kalachowky police station where the same set of women cops assaulted her and booked under the Bombay police act for misbehaving with government servant and was fine Rs 1,200 before leaving her. Police are also trying to figure out as to who shot the video from top position of the incident.