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Ex-cop leads protest seeking appointment of minority chairman

Retired Assistant Commissioner of Police Shamsher Khan Pathan on Monday led a group of around 80 people to the office of the State Minorities Commission.

Written by Express News Service |
August 7, 2012 4:16:57 am

Retired Assistant Commissioner of Police Shamsher Khan Pathan on Monday led a group of around 80 people to the office of the State Minorities Commission opposite Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and demanded that a minority chairman be appointed immediately as the post has been vacant for a year. Pathan and fellow protesters were detained by the Azad Maidan police under Sections of the Bombay Police Act and let off after their personal details were noted down.

Pathan,who has launched the Awami Vikas Party,said,“The state has not had a minorities chairman for the past year. We went to the office of the commission and to demand that a person be appointed immediately. We were also planning to appoint our own person as the state government has not given the mandate to anyone. However,police personnel who were posted at the gate detained us,” said Pathan.

Pathan said the group has also appointed their own representative to address problems of minorities in the state.

“We have appointed an Awami Chairman who will address problems of minorities in the state. This person is from our party and will work for the uplift of minorities,” he said.

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“Before they could indulge in any mischief,we detained them and brought them to the police station. They were booked and let off,” said an officer.

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