The demise of NCP leader and former Maharashtra home minister RR Patil on Monday left many policemen shaken. The mood inside the control room at Worli Traffic Police Headquarters, monitoring the convoy of Patil’s body from the Hospital in Bandra to the Nationalist Congress Party Office in Nariman Point, was very emotional.
“Aabanchi shevatchi movement, (this is Aaba ‘s last traffic movement),” said constable S Kamble who was deployed to control the traffic.
“He (Patil) had started the free medical assistance for our families. I had gone through an angioplasty at Raheja hospital which did not cost me a rupee. The bill was 2.50 lakhs,” said ASI P Patil while performing his duty at the control room.
The convoy which was traveling at the speed of 20 kms reached the Worli end of the Sealink at 6.48 pm. Passing through the Bindu Madhav junction at Worli, the seven vehicle convoy reached the Atria mall by 6.52 pm. By 7 pm the convoy including a Ambucare ambulance reached Kemps Corner at 7.03 pm and RTI junction by 7.05pm.
A pall of gloom descended at the office where leaders cutting across the party lines offered floral tributes to the departed leader.
Patil’s body will be taken in ambulance to his native place of Anjani in Tasgaon taluka of Sangli district Monday night, where he will be cremated with state honour Tuesday afternoon.