Cop's mum protests outside police station

Oct 17, 2011, 07:20 IST | Saurabh Vaktania

The words 'Mere paas Maa hai,' were made legendary in the movie Deewar, but now a police constable Balchandra Gaikwad (42) is swearing by the same words.

Gaikwad's 60-year-old mother and her five family members are staging a protest outside RAK Marg police station, Sewree, since yesterday because a senior cop from the police station has been bullying her son.

Unable to take it any more, Tarabai Gaikwad, accompanied by her daughter-in-law Seema Gaikwad, three grandsons Akash (27), Ritesh (12), Tushar (7) and grand daughter Roshni (13), are garnering support for their family member. 

'We Condemn': Family members of constable Bhalchandra Gaikwad
sitting outside RAK Marg police station, protesting against the senior.

Last morning, constable Gaikwad, a veteran with 15 years in the service, telephoned his mother after his senior abused him during the morning parade. During the course of the conversation, he started crying hysterically. 

 Tarabai, who is suffering from a severe cardiac problem, decided to take a stand. With her family members in tow, she reached the police station to protest. She said that Senior Police Inspector Popat Tiwatane has been mentally harassing her son. Despite several complaints against Tiwatane, she informed that no action has been taken yet, hence she had to step in to her son's rescue.  

 "My brother hasn't received a single warning in his career. When he returns home, he unnecessarily fights with the family, as he is frustrated at work. The entire atmosphere at his residence has changed, leaving our family disturbed," said Gaikwad's brother, Yogendra, a driver.    

 In his complaint to his superiors, Gaikwad alleged that during the daily parade at the police station, Tiwatane would abuse and insult him in front of the whole staff. His postings would be changed every three days, unlike other constables who serve one post for six months.  The family wants that Tiwatane should apologise to Gaikwad and stop abusing him.

The other side
When contacted Senior Police Inspector Popat Tiwatane said, "The constable's allegations are baseless and untrue. He is not disciplined and I am not afraid of his threat."

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