Mumbai : A Mankhurd-based activist got the shock of his life when the police instead of acting on his complaint on noise, not only abused him but also gave out his identification to the police station concerned. Police said they have launched a departmental inquiry into the incident.
Shakeel, who is a Right to Information (RTI) activist said, “I had called the police control room on the night of October 5 and informed that Noise Pollution Rules, 2000 are being flouted by local residents as they were playing loud music on speakers which is clearly much above the permissible limits.”
According to procedures, whenever the control room gets a call about complaints particularly pertaining to noise pollution, the police are expected to maintain secrecy of the complainant’s identity so as to avoid any quarrel between the complainant and the locales.
However, the control room seems to have forgotten the procedure and handed over Shakeel’s name and personal contact number to the local police – Trombay police station.
Soon, the police went on the spot but by the time they reached, the loud music was turned down and pin drop silence was maintained. This irked constable Pratap Chande, attached to the Trombay police station.
Within a few minutes, Shakeel got a call from an infuriated Chande, who asked him to come and meet at the local beat chowkie.
When Shakeel refused to come, Chande, who seems to have been sent on the spot by his seniors without having his dinner, slammed the activist and also used filthy language.
“When I refused to come to the chowkie for the fear that my identity would be disclosed to the locales, Chande started abusing me and he even threatened me. He said because of my complaint, he could not eat his dinner. He was so angry that he also told me that if I want, then I can tell this entire incident to the control room.”
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations) Deepak Devraj has ordered a departmental enquiry against Chande. He said the divisional DCP and the senior inspector of Trombay police station would conduct an inquiry against Chande.
Suni Gaokar, the senior police inspector at Trombay police station, said they have summoned Shakeel so that his statements can be recorded. Once, Shakeel’s statements are recorded, they would proceed with Chande’s version.