Six police personnel, including a sub-inspector, were suspended here for allegedly providing ‘special treatment’ to a prisoner on transit.
Superintendent of Police Akhilesh Kumar Singh suspended PSI K K Singh, ASI Ganesh Waghmare, constables Praful Fulkar, Nirmal Rathod, drivers Sharad Shivankar, Vijay Paradkar and ordered a departmental inquiry against them.
“I have suspended all the six policemen after charging them of maligning the image of the entire police department, dereliction of duty and committing deliberate lapses in their duties,” the SP said.
One Pravin Diwate, lodged in Central jail here, on charges of murder, had complained of ill health and was taken to Nagpur for medical check-up. The doctors there referred him to J J Hospital in Mumbai, he said.
On May 5, he was escorted by the six police personnel to Mumbai. On their way, Diwate allegedly travelled in his own car and the cops did not object, officials said.
He also changed the itinerary and went to Pune where he stayed in a luxurious hotel on May 6 for around 16 hours. After this, Diwate reached Mumbai and after consultation with doctors was back in jail here on May 8, they added.