Mumbai :  Siting compulsion to work   “Overtime” as the principal reason for the suicides of policemen in the state, the Shiv Sena, on Monday, took a dig at Devendra Fadnavis by blaming the “Part Time” Home Minister for the situation.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who holds the home port-folio, had recently said that he is not the ‘part time’ home minister as criticised by the opponents but works ‘overtime’ to fulfil the duty. The Sena said the police department, work-ing overtime, is losing control and colleagues are killing one another and committing suicide “and it will be better if all this can be stopped”. In the wake of the homicide and sui-cide of two police personnel that shocked Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena sounded a note of warning about more incidents of unrest in the state police de-partment. It pointed out how Mumbai police, which fought Pakistani terrorists and sacrifi-ced lives during the Novem-ber 26, 2008, terror attacks, are now killing one another for iss-ues like leave from duty.

“Like the farmers in the state, the number of suicides among even the police force is increas-ing. Will the home department shut the file by treating it as a simple case of homicide and suicide among colleagues?” the Sena asked in an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana.

Such incidents – like on last Sat-urday when ASI Dilip Shirke av-ailed leave without informing the office and later in a fit of rage, shot dead Senior PI Vilas Joshi before committing suici-de- can disturb the mental equilibrium of the entire police force, it pointed out.

“When those very persons who are entrusted with the respon-sibility of maintaining law and order lose their mental bala-nce, then in future the repercu-ssions can be horrific,” the Sena warned. Last week’s incident follows two recent cases of a policeman being arrested along with his wife in a multi-crore drug scandal and two in-spectors raping a model inside a police station, which dented the image of Mumbai police.

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