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Drug-peddler constable brings 20,000-odd colleagues under lens

The Satara police had arrested Kalokhe, a head constable, with over 100 kilograms of Mephedrone.

Written by Gautam Sandip Mengle | Mumbai | Published: March 19, 2015 2:44:41 am
mumbai-police A day later, another cache of the drug was found in his cupboard at the police station.

Disgraced Mumbai police head constable Dharmaraj Kalokhe’s recent actions have brought close to 20,000 constables in the city under the scanner.

The Mumbai Police have initiated a comprehensive review into the activities and movements of constables posted with all the 93 police stations in the city, with special focus on beat marshalls or constables who are part of special teams in several police stations.

On March 9, the Satara police had arrested Kalokhe, a head constable with the Marine Drive police, with over 100 kilograms of Mephedrone.

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A day later, another cache of the drug was found in his cupboard at the police station. Kalokhe is currently in the Satara police’s custody, and is also facing dismissal from the force.

Following the incident, the Mumbai Police leadership decided to take a closer look at its constabulary in order to weed out any more such personnel as well as to try and ensure no repeats.

“We already have a system of conducting a regular review of the daily activities of our constables to keep an eye out for any misconduct or illegal activities on their part. A lot of inputs that we gather are also mentioned in their Annual Confidential Reports (ACRs).

After the incident, it was decided to have a citywide review of all constables posted with police stations in the city. We will be taking a particularly close look at beat marshalls and constables with teams like the Mills Special,” said a senior officer with the Mumbai Police.

The officer added that the review consisted of finding out who the constables interact with on a regular basis and the nature of their relationship with these people, finding out if there have been any complaints and the nature and seriousness of these complaints and examining their past record in terms of posting, transfers and promotions.

“We will also find out if any constables have refused to accept the postings given to them in the last couple of general transfers or applied for cancellations, and their grounds for doing so.

The upcoming general transfers of constables, which are slated for April this year, will be based on the results of this review,” said the officer.

Meanwhile, the crime branch, too, is mulling similar action regarding its constables. Sources said that the matter is being discussed among senior officers and a decision will be taken soon.

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