PCMC commissioner gets a thumbs up for action against 12 staff in one year

RK Padmanabhan, police commissioner, Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), known as a strict disciplinarian in the police circle, has suspended and transferred at least a dozen police personnel for dereliction of duty during the past one year.

Padmanabhan has been taking a series of proactive measures aimed at providing relief to the area residents. His “open door” policy, wherein complainants come directly to the commissioner with their grievances, has been widely appreciated by citizens.

Talking about the suspension, Padmanabhan said, “The action was taken as the police officials were not performing their duties. The officials also mistreated the public. I suspended the officials with immediate effect after probing into the grievances filed by the residents.”

Meanwhile, the residents have described the development as positive. According to them, the police chief’s actions have restored the confidence of public in the police force. The residents have applauded Padmanabhan for upholding the cause of people by suspending the police staff who mistreated residents.

Maruti Bhapkar, activist said,“The PCMC police chief is taking action against officials is a welcome step as it has helped building the confidence of the citizens in the police force. However, the deep rooted corruption at the police station and political interference in police functioning must be curbed and citizens will offer their full support to the police commissioner on this citizen centric initiative. Currently, we are seeing that the lower ranks of the policemen are not afraid of their senior due to rampant corruption in the police force. The accountability of the police officials has to be fixed for a safe and secure Pimpri-Chinchwad .”

April 1, 2019

The case: 

The police chief suspended three policemen – an assistant police inspector (API) and two police constables – for failing to register a molestation-related offence of a 14-year-old girl under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act. The victim’s father had visited the police station thrice on February 27, but the accused policemen refused to register an FIR. The girl’s father, then, approached Padmanabhan directly. Post the inquiry, Padmanabhan suspended the officials for not doing their duty.

Jan 16, 2019

The case:

Padmanabhan took action against Namrata Patil, deputy commissioner of police (DCP), Zone II; two senior inspectors and a police sub-inspector following a complaint filed against them where they had allegedly provided police security to government land measurement officials at the behest of a builder. The case is related to two builders in Pimpale Saudagar wherein one of them allegedly brought the government land measurement officials to the spot on November 27, 2018 for which Patil provided the security. The other builder lodged a protest with the Pimpri-Chinchwad police commissioner and approached the high court over the issue.

Date: September 9, 2018

The case:

The police chief suspended and transferred a woman sub-inspector, an assistant inspector and a constable after a video of them beating up employees of a lodge went viral. The assault took police at a lodge on Pune-Alandi road near Dighi. The lodge owner claimed that the police officials demanded Rs 50,000 and beat up the staff when the demand was turned down. Vaibhav Palace owner Avadhut Jalindar Gadhve (48) of Spine Road lodged a complaint with the Dighi police station. The officials involved in the assault were transferred to the police control room

Date: October 14, 2018

The case:

An assistant sub-inspector posted at Chikhali police station was suspended by Padmanabhan for allegedly making obscene phone calls to a woman under the pretext of helping her in a police complaint. A case was registered at the police station on charges of outraging the modesty of a woman. The woman, a local political worker, had gone to the police station late night to lodge a complaint against her husband whom she alleged had assaulted her over a domestic issue. The sub-inspector took note of her number which was written on her application and allegedly sent her lewd messages.

Date: September 26, 2018

The case: 

Padmanabhan suspended an assistant police inspector posted at Hinjewadi police station, after a police probe found that he did not file an FIR in a sexual harassment case and made the victim wait for four hours. In the molestation case, a youth had illegally entered a women’s hostel where the IT employee stayed, and molested her.

First Published:
May 15, 2019 15:28 IST

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