Two days after over 150 policemen entered homes of several Muslim families in Rashid Compound of Mumbra and rounded up 81 people, including several minors, a senior Thane police officer confirmed Saturday that Assistant Commissioner of Police Amit Kale, who had allegedly ordered the “combing operation” to catch two chain-snatchers, has gone on eight-day leave.
According to sources, Kale had gathered a force from Mumbra police station and five other neighbouring police stations and conducted the operation in the wee hours of March 13.
Later, community representatives approached Thane Police Commissioner Vijay Kamble, who initiated an inquiry under the Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Dr Ravinder Kumar Singal.
“We have already begun recording statements of families from Rashid Compound. The residents have been agitated, but are slowly getting pacified ,” Singal said.
He also confirmed a team from the state’s minorities commission was in Mumbra to conduct an independent inquiry into the matter.
Delhi-based rights activist and lawyer Shehzad Poonawala has filed a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission and the National Minority Commission over the incident.
On Friday, The Indian Express reported how policemen barged into the houses of residents of Rashid Compound at 1.45 am and took away men along with them.
As many as 17 minors were rounded up and detained in the police van for over an hour. They were later released after their parents showed the police school identity cards and hall-tickets of some students who are taking their SSC exams presently.