An FIR has been registered against MLA Raju Karemore from Bhandara district for allegedly creating a ruckus, abusing and threatening on-duty policemen including women constables, inside a police station on December 31.
The entire incident where Karemore is abusing cops, using sexually explicit language in front of women constables and is threatening to harm on-duty cops at Mohadi police station in Bhandara was recorded on video, which went viral on social media on January 1.
“An inquiry was ordered into the incident following which an FIR has been registered against the MLA for obstructing police officials from discharging their duties, unlawful assembly, rioting at the police station among other sections of the IPC,” said Superintendent of Police, Vasant Jadhav of Bhandara district.
The police said Karemore has a prior criminal record including another case for obstructing public servant from discharging duty.
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Karemore was angry allegedly because his businessman friend Avinash Vasant Patli and his aide were roughed up by policemen during a local election related bandobast. Patli alleged that his SUV was stopped on the night of December 31 by a police team and a police officer assaulted him and someone from the team stole Rs 50 lakh and gold chain from him.
Soon after Patli accompanied by MLA Karemore barged in the Mohadi police station where they began abusing, threatening and shouting at on-duty cops. “We have registered an FIR against Patli and his aide for obstructing public servants from discharging their duties during the bandobast. We have also taken Patli’s complaint about him being assaulted and his valuables and cash getting stolen. We will take appropriate action on both the complaints,” said R P Deshpande, senior inspector of Mohadi police station.
Investigating officer, Deputy Superintendent Sanjay Patil said,”We have lodged an FIR against the MLA and three to four others seen creating ruckus in the video under IPC sections 353 (obstructing public servant from discharging duty), 354 (molestation), 294(obscene acts), 504(intentional insult), 506(criminal intimidation), 143 and 149 (unlawful assembly), 147(rioting) of the IPC and Section 135 (penalty for contravention of rules) of the Bombay Police Act.”
After the incident, MLA Karemore told the media, “I have only one demand. If such goons like cops are in the force how will people trust police? The goon like Rane (officer) needs to be arrested and suspended. The stolen cash and chain of the victim must be found. I will complain about this to the Chief Minister, Home Minister and Deputy Chief Minister. Till we get justice I will not sit quietly.”
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