A policeman has been suspended for demanding money from a complainant,Avinash Deshmukh,when he asked for a copy of FIR after registering a vehicle theft complaint at the Alankar police chowky on Monday.
Deshmukh,a resident of Tanmaypuri society in Dahanukar Colony,Kothrud,and a private company employee,had found his two-wheeler missing from his society parking on Monday morning. He then lodged a complaint at the police chowky. He alleged that when he sought a copy of the FIR,police demanded Rs 300 from him. He also alleged that police demanded Rs 2,000 more for the panchanama.
According to Deshmukh,when he later checked the video footage from the CCTV camera installed above the parking of his building,he saw that a police team had come to the spot along with notorious criminal Vitthal Ramlu Rathod (22) of Market Yard. Rathod,along with police,lifted the vehicle and got it on the road outside the building. They then broke the lock of the two-wheeler and took it with them to the police station around 5 am,he said.
Deshmukh then consulted his lawyer Mihir Parbhudesai. On Tuesday,the lawyer lodged a complaint application at the police commissionerate demanding inquiry into the case.
Deputy commissioner of police (Zone I) Dnyaneshwar Phadtare said the probe revealed that police naik Vincent Hary Swami had demanded money from Deshmukh. We have suspended Swami, said Phadtare on Wednesday.
Meanwhile,police said they have other CCTV footage from the society,which showed that Rathod had visited the society thrice in the early hours before he was nabbed by the team of Warje police.
Rathod first went to the society at 1.33 am. There was no security guard at the spot. He attempted to steal two-wheelers parked in the society but could only take away documents of Deshmukhs motorcycle. He visited the society twice again and stole petrol from two-wheelers, said an officer.
The patrolling team of Warje police nabbed Rathod near octroi post. He is a history-sheeter. The team recovered two stolen two-wheelers and documents of Deshmukhs motorcycle from him. The documents showed that the motorcycle was registered in Washim. Police did not know that Deshmukh was staying in the same building. So they confiscated the vehicle and later called his father in Washim from the contact number given in the documents, said additional commissioner of police (crime) A D Shinde.
Avinashs lawyer had,however,claimed that as per the CrPC,police should have confiscated the two-wheeler in the presence of two witnesses and also informed its owner before lifting it. Meanwhile,the Warje police produced Rathod before a magistrate court on Wednesday. He was sent to police custody.