Businessman alleges extortion,assault by Bhiwandi cops

After being allegedly assaulted by cops from the Bhiwandi Crime Branch and robbed of Rs 32,000,a local garment businessman from Bhiwandi...

Written by Jaidev Hemmady | Mumbai | Published: February 27, 2009 2:03 am

After being allegedly assaulted by cops from the Bhiwandi Crime Branch and robbed of Rs 32,000,a local garment businessman from Bhiwandi,has complained to the Thane Crime Branch seeking redressal for his injuries and loss of money. Azad Kumar Kesarwani said he suffered injuries in his ear after being hit by one of the cops on February 13 at the crime branch office in Bhiwandi.

Speaking to Newsline,Kesarwani said,“Our family has been running the business of supplying raw cloth material for the past 18 years in the area. My father usually sits in the shop while I am out buying goods and for business visits. On February 12 some men from the Bhiwandi Crime Branch came to the shop to enquire about my whereabouts. When my father told them that I was out and that I would return later in the night they took a visiting card from the shop with my cellphone number on it and left.”

According to Kesarwani,the next day,he received a call from the Bhiwandi Crime Branch officers who told him to meet them at their office. “After the phone call,I got confused as to why they wanted to meet me as I don’t have any criminal record. However,when I went to the Bhiwandi Crime Branch office,they started abusing me and one of the officials snatched Rs 32,000 from my pocket. When I protested they started hitting me with their fists. One of the officers also hit me on my ear with such force that I sustained internal injuries,” said Kesarwani.

As per Kesarwani,the cops threatened to frame him in a robbery case and consequent imprisonment if he divulged the incident to anyone. “Immediately after the incident,I went to a government hospital and got a medical certificate from the doctors who said that I have developed a swelling and internal injuries in my ear.” Kesarwani alleged that the other traders in the area have suffered too but no one has dared to complain as they fear being framed in a fake case.

When contacted,Senior Police Inspector Sunil Patil from the Bhiwandi Crime Branch said,“I had called Kesarwani on Wednesday morning and have taken his statement about the entire episode. It had so transpired that our officials had received information that his shop,one Om Sai Traders,had been used to fence stolen goods. He had been called in the office for questioning. As for the allegations that he has made I will look into the matter and necessary action will be taken if the allegations are proven true.”

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