Now,CISF men say cops hit them first

The Central Industrial Security Force personnel accused of assaulting traffic cops on duty at Sewree on August 13...

Written by Mustafa Plumber | Mumbai | Published: August 20, 2010 1:02:05 am

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel accused of assaulting traffic cops on duty at Sewree on August 13,have now alleged that the policemen had attacked them first,leaving them injured.

In a letter sent to the Sewree police,the CISF has claimed that its men were attacked by the policemen first. To support its claim,the CISF has cited reports from the Mumbai Port Trust hospital where the men underwent treatment.

The Mumbai police,however,have refuted the claims,and said the CISF letter is an attempt to wash their hands of the crime.

Senior police inspector of the Sewree police station R R Bhogale,in his reply to the anticipatory bail plea filed by five of the 15 accused in the court,had said,“The letter is false,as it mentions that the incident occurred at 9 am,but the accused took treatment in the hospital at 2.35 pm. By that time the news of the incident was out in the public. Thus,it shows that the accused have fabricated the hospital documents to save themselves.”

The police are now considering seeking cancellation of the bail to the accused as the offence is of serious nature. “We are looking at all legal options available to us,” a police official said.

Meanwhile,the police are on the look out for the remaining CISF men alleged to be involved in the incident. Besides,they are also searching for the shoe,whose print has been found on an injured traffic constable’s shirt. This is to ascertain the identity of the accused,the police said,adding that they would take the samples of the mud from the shoe and the shirt and send it to a chemical lab for matching.

The police had booked 15 CISF personnel,posted at Mumbai Port Trust,on August 13 for allegedly beating up six police constables at Mallet Bunder following an altercation. The constables — three from Wadala traffic police division and three from Yellow Gate police station—- had to be admitted at the St George Hospital for treatment.

The CISF personnel,led by assistant commandant Alok Joshi,had allegedly got into an altercation with the traffic constables after they intercepted a truck entering the port compound,the police said.

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