Crime patrol: Cases against Mumbai cops rose substantially in 2015

Updated: Nov 15, 2016, 19:03 IST | Anurag Kamble |

Common man's complaints against the men in khaki rise from 48 in 2014 to 290 in 2015, with 170 cases being declared unsubstantial after probe

Illustration/Uday Mohite
Illustration/Uday Mohite

The guardians of law have stained their uniform again, at least according to the findings of a report on cases registered against them. According to a report by the Praja Foundation, citizen complaints against city cops have increased from 48 in 2014 to a whopping 290 in 2015. Out of 290 cases last year, policemen involved in 26 cases have been arrested, while 170 cases were declared false or unsubstantial.

Defunct authority
The state’s Home Department constituted a police complaint authority in 2015 to enable civilians to register complaints against policemen. However, this department still doesn’t have an office to function from. Rather than the department taking action against complaints, it is the commissionerate, which initiates inquiry against the accused officers.

"Police complaint authority has been constituted by Home Department notified on May 25, 2015. It was done in pursuance of Section 22P (2) of the Maharashtra Police (Amendments and Continuance) Act, 2014, which came into force from the February 1, 2014. Even though a committee has been appointed, it has no functioning office for its work," said the report.

Misconduct rose, too
Complaints of misconduct against cops have also risen. In 2014, disciplinary action was initiated against only 37 policemen, out of which, inquiries were conducted in 34 cases, but till the end of the year, no action was taken against the 35 policemen named in the complaints. This changed in 2015, when disciplinary action was initiated against 183 policemen, out of which 114 cops were let off with minor punishment. Forty inquiries are still pending with the top brass. mid-day reached out to the PRO of the Mumbai Police, but they were unavailable for comment.

Stains on khaki
>> April 24, 2015: Constable from Marine Drive arrested for possession of meow-meow drug.
>> May 29, 2015: Five policemen, including one senior inspector, arrested for helping meow-meow kingpin Baby Patankar.
>> Dec 30, 2015: Anti Corruption Bureau arrested Senior Inspector of MHB police station for accepting bribe Rs 3L.

Short staffed
11%: Investigation officers

57%: Mumbai police control room

67: People required in the forensic laboratory

In 2014

48: Total number of complaints against cops

7: Complaints in which cops faced departmental inquiry

40: Complaints declared false after probe

3: Number of cops chargesheeted

4: Number of cops arrested

3: Complaints in which cops faced magis-terial inquiry

In 2015

290: Total number of complaints against cops

170: Complaints declared false after probe

26: Number of cops arrested after inquiry

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