Staff Reporter :
Commissioner of Police Amitesh Kumar suspended three police personnel including a Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) in connection with the custodial death of the 35-year-old Manoj Haribhau Thawkar. He died after allegedly being beaten-up by police at Pardi Square on July 7. The suspended policemen are PSI Mukesh Dhobale, NPC Namdeo Charde and PC Ashish Shahane. A police official informed that the action was initiated by the CP on his own. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is conducting an inquiry into the matter. Deceased Thawkar, a resident of Sharda Chowk, was physically-challenged. Thawkar was riding a Honda Activa (MH-49/AF-5111). When the policemen signalled Thawkar to stop, he accelerated the two-wheeler.
As a result, a cop who tried to catch the bike sustained serious injuries as he was dragged for several feet with the vehicle. An eye-witness had alleged that the cops had then beaten-up Thawkar and took him to the police station. While sitting in the police station for two-hours, Thawkar suddenly collapsed. He was taken to the hospital where doctors declared him dead. The doctors, who performed the autopsy, had kept their opinion reserved. The viscera samples were preserved for forensic analysis. Thawkar’s death had triggered protests in the hospital premises and also in his locality on Wednesday night. The protesters demanded stern action against the cops responsible for his death. A huge police posse was deployed in Pardi area to prevent any untoward incident after the body was handed over to his relatives for the last rites.