A police inquiry initiated following a woman’s complaint that she and her family were manhandled at a local police station for entering a Ganesh Mandal VIP line without pass, has defended the police constables.
The inquiry reveals that the family “was not further manhandled” after being allegedly assaulted at Lalbaug and “were only taken to the police station to be charged under the Bombay Police Act for indecent behaviour”, sources said.
The woman, who is seen being beaten by police constables in a video which went viral had alleged that she and her family were further beaten by the police at Kalachowkie police station September 26.
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Ashok Dudhe, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IV), confirmed that he had submitted a fresh inquiry report Wednesday to his superiors regarding the incident.
“I have submitted the report with my findings. I will not divulge any further details about the report and its contents,” said Dudhe.
An interim report that Dudhe had prepared earlier was submitted last week after it was found that the “victim” had started the fight, not the police constables.
The interim report was submitted to the Mumbai Police chief the afternoon of September 29, after which constables Varsha Patil and Anuradha Solunke, who were attached with the Local Arms III unit of the Mumbai Police, were placed under suspension.
“The matter is still being probed. Further departmental action will be taken if found necessary,” said Deven Bharti, Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and order).
A senior police official claimed that all procedures were followed by the police and they had even sent the victims for a medical check up.
The family refuted the police’s claims and said that they had gone to the closest civic hospital themselves October 1.
The Mumbai Police were left red-faced after a 29-second video clip went viral September 27 purportedly showed three policewomen shoving and repeatedly slapping the woman near Lalbaugcha Raja Ganpati pandal in central Mumbai, after which the force ordered a probe into the incident.