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Traffic police could have handled NSCI fracas better: Probe report

Following the incident, DCP Keshav Patil, South Region-Traffic Police, was transferred as DCP, Headquarters.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | March 7, 2015 1:41:38 am

An inquiry into the alleged altercation between police personnel and members of the National Sports Complex of India (NSCI) club in Tardeo earlier this week has revealed that the policemen could have handled the situation better. The report has been sent to Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria.

Following the incident, Deputy Commissioner of Police Keshav Patil, South Region-Traffic Police, was transferred as DCP, Headquarters. Joint Commissioner of Police Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay confirmed the decision but refused to comment on the reason for the transfer.

On March 1, traffic police personnel posted at the NSCI had reportedly stopped motorists in a bid to make way for the convoy of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who was attending a function at the club. Members of the club, too, were not allowed to enter the premises, leading to an altercation between them and the police personnel.

With the issue quickly snowballing into whether citizens should be inconvenienced to make way for VIP motorcades and with Fadnavis himself apologising for the inconvenience Mumbaikars faced, an inquiry was ordered. Police personnel had said that while traffic had not been halted, haphazard parking and large crowds in the area owing to two simultaneous events had led to some traffic chaos.

The inquiry was conducted by Additional Commissioner of Police (Central Region) R D Shinde. On Thursday, Shinde submitted the report to Maria. His report included statements from police personnel, club members and eyewitnesses, said sources. Maria confirmed the receipt of the report and said it stated that policemen on duty at the spot “could have handled the situation differently.”

Following the incident, Fadnavis had apologised on Twitter, saying he didn’t believe in VIP culture. “My sincere apologies to those who were stopped by police unnecessarily. People in the state have always seen me stopping at traffic signals,” he tweeted.

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