Two policemen were suspended by the Navsari district Superintendent of Police after an internal probe found the duo “negligent” in their duties on a day when a terror alert was sounded across the state about the possible presence of a group of terrorists.
The two policemen, Rupesh Vasawa (head constable) and Prakash Patil (constable and PCR van driver), with Navsari rural police station were found operating outside their jurisdiction on March 10.
On the day of the alert, the duo riding a PCR mobile van were given the task to carry out vehicle checking at Ambica river bridge to Mindola river bridge in Navsari district. But they drove outside the Navsari police jurisdiction limit and entered the limits of Surat district police limit. They reached Saileela hotel near Makhiga village in Palsana taluka of Surat district and carried out vehicle checking over there. Both the duo also had neither given reports to Navsari rural police station nor to the Navsari police control room about their vehicle checking.
Navsari District Superintendent of Police M S Bharada, learnt about the incident, following which, he instructed Deputy Superintendent of Police V J Jadeja of Navsari district, to probe into incident.
Navsari Deputy SP V J Jadeja said, “In their statements both the policemen told us that they went to the hotel at Palsana in Surat district, to drink tea. We have cross verified with some of the people at the hotel and found that they were carrying out vehicle checking over there and their activities were mischievious.”
Navsari Superintendent of police M S Bharada said, “The terror alert was sounded and everybody was on the roads carrying out checkings, on 10th March. Both these cops had crossed their jurisdiction and entered into neighbouring district police jurisdiction. When the matter is serious and such negligence cannot be entertained so we had to suspend both of them, today.”