A day after three policemen were arrested for allegedly raping and extorting money and jewellery from a 29-year-old model, Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria said the men would be sacked without delay.
“As soon as the complaint was received, we registered a complaint and arrested the accused. We will deal with them strictly and dismiss them from service,” Maria said on Friday.
Assistant Police Inspectors Suresh Suryavanshi, Sunil Khatape and constable Yogesh Ponde of the Sakinaka police station in Andheri East have been charged with sexually assaulting the model, earlier this month, inside a police chowky in Saki Naka.
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Joint Commissioner of Police, Law and Order, Deven Bharti said that senior officers would be held accountable for the conduct of those working below them.
“We will ensure that Deputy Commissioners of Police and Assistant Commissioners of Police do not just sit in their offices, but instead move around and visit police stations and meet people to understand their grievances. They will be held responsible if junior officers commit a crime,” he said.
While admitting that it was difficult to monitor a 40,000 strong police force, Bharti said, “We have mechanisms in place to keep an eye on the force, but incidents like these show that those are not working.”