Kolhapur, July 5 (UNI) Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil today said police was investigating criminal cases, involving NCP's Minister of State Dharmarao Atram and party's leader and former state unit vice-president, Vinayak Mete.
Talking to mediapersons here, Mr Patil said ''No one is above law, irrespective of the person belonging to NCP or not. Those found guilty would be punished.'' While Mr Atram has been accused of hunting a Chinkara deer, a protected species, in Baramati region, Mr Mete has been alleged of attacking the house of Marathi daily Loksatta editor Kumar Ketkar.
Replying to a question, regarding policemen, who have been transferred to Gadchiroli district and not yet joined their duty, Mr Patil said, ''The policemen would have to face suspension, if they do not join their duty immediately.'' Police force is inadequate in this area and about 11,000 new policemen will be recruited soon to fill up vacant posts, he added.
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