The 62 trainee policewomen who had run away from the Local Arms Unit IV of the Mumbai Police earlier this month, in order to be with their families for Diwali, returned to their barracks last week. The police have now set up an inquiry to look into the incident, and appropriate action will be taken after the inquiry is complete, officials said.
On October 20 , 62 women police personnel sneaked out of the LA IV camp in Marol, Andheri and fled to their homes to celebrate Diwali with their families. This occurred a day after the Mumbai police completed a gruelling bandobast, which began with Eid and Durga Puja, continued with voting for the Rajya Sabha elections and ended with counting on October 19.
Police sources said that all the 62 policewomen returned to the LA IV barracks last week.
Citing their absence as “routine absenteeism”, Vijay Chavan, ACP (Local Arms) said that an ACP had been appointed as the investigating officer of the case.
“The policewomen reported back to duty last week and have recorded their statements with the investigating officer for their conduct. In their statements, they have stated various reasons, including Diwali and ill health,” said Chavan.
There are 13 barracks which accommodate 453 women personnel, who have been stationed there for the past eight months. The 62 constables were part of the 2014 batch of recruited constables and had been posted at the LA for the last eight months. They were to be sent to Nagpur for further training, officials said.
“I have submitted a written report of the incident to the higher authorities for punishment of those who fled from the camp,” said senior police inspector Sujata Patil, LA IV.
The policewomen were posted at various polling booths across the city on the day the state election results were declared and they had sneaked out of the Marol police camp ,the following morning according to senior police officials. There were also attempts to locate them after their disappearance was discovered. “They would have been given a Diwali break any way. There was no need for them to run away,” said Patil.
“A departmental inquiry is underway,” said Chavan.