They threaten to hold demonstrations if the accused responsible for killing constable Vilash Shinde roams scot free.
When Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had gone to meet the family of deceased constable Vilas Shinde he had to face the wrath of wives of police personnel as they demanded justice for Shinde. They encircled Fadnavis and urged him to speed up the investigation process and offer better amenities to police personnel . Many of them also called for enhancing security for police during duty hours. Police officials often have to undergo huge hardships while discharging their duties. Often they have to work for long hours and are deprived of sleep and hence they are prone to depression. Many of them have ended their lives due to erratic working hours.
Shinde who was assaulted by two brothers in Khar (west) while discharging his duties died on Wednesday in the ICU of Lilavati Hospital. He was battling for life for over a week. MNS chief Raj Thackeray had met Shinde at hospital on Tuesday. He condemned the attack against Shinde and said that steps must be taken to avert such incidents in future.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “It is a really an unfortunate incident. Strict action will be taken against the accused responsible for killing Shinde. If any police passes away in similar manner then they will be considered as martyr. The government will offer compensation and provide job to a member of Shinde’s family.”
RTI activist Anil Galgali said, “The accused should be awarded death sentence and this case should be fast tracked.”
Police Commissioner of Mumbai Dattatray Padsalgikar tweeted, “My heartfelt condolences to the family of our brave Head Constable, Late Vilas Shinde and may his soul rest in peace. His death is a huge loss to the police department. Shinde remained true to his service, risking his life.”
“This year several police officials have died while performing their duties. What mistake did Mr Shinde commit as he was only doing his job? The government must take stern action against the accused responsible for committing this crime. If he roams scot free then we will hold protests,” said the wife of a police constable on the condition of anonymity.
The incident took place on Tuesday last week when the Constable Vilas Shinde (50) from Bandra traffic division was discharging his duty at a petrol pump when he spotted a biker without helmet approaching the petrol pump.
The biker had indulged in a verbal argument with Shinde when he was asked to produce vehicle documents and the license. The biker then called his 21 year old brother and informed him about the incident. The elder brother identified as Ahmed Mohammad Ali Qureshi reached the spot and attacked the constable from behind on the head with a wooden stick.
Shinde then collapsed and was rushed to Lilavati Hospital by his colleagues. Khar Police nabbed the duo within 24 hours. The minor was sent to a correction home in Dongri and Ahmed was sent to police custody. Both were booked for attempt to murder under IPC section 307,which now be converted into IPC section 302.