ACP Dhoble will report to Crime Branch: Mumbai Police Commr

Vasant Dhoble
Mumbai, Aug 24: Assistant Police Commissioner Vasant Dhoble will henceforth report to the Mumbai Crime Branch, the new Commissioner of Police Satyapal Singh said.

The controversial ACP used to report directly to Singh's predecessor Arup Patnaik who was yesterday promoted as the Managing Director of Maharashtra State Security Corporation (MSSC).

Dhoble had drawn much flak when the Mumbai Police's Social Service department led by him conducted raids on pubs and bars which flouted the relevant provisions of the Bombay Prohibition Act or the Bombay Police Act.

Over the past few months, several bar girls were arrested for allegedly being involved in prostitution. Two cousins, Anamika Rao and Bindiya Handa, who were briefly detained on this ground even demanded Rs one crore as compensation from Dhoble but the Bombay High Court ruled in his favour.

Complaining that the drive against pubs and clubs had affected night life in India's financial capital, the chatterati referred to Dhoble as a "party pooper". The ACP was also accused by some of high-handedness since he often wielded a hockey stick against so-called "anti-social elements".

Each time Dhoble landed in a controversy, Patnaik backed him to the hilt and pointed out: "Even some politicians are upset because some of the bars raided have links to them. If Dhoble was that sort of an officer, he would have been offered crores of rupees in bribes. But even bar and pub owners are wary of him and know that he cannot be bought by them."

However, Satyapal Singh's assertion, immediately after assuming office, that special police squads will have to follow the law is seen as an indirect reference to the Social Service department.

Reacting to the development, Dhoble said, "I just followed the instructions of my superiors and did my duty. Now, I will wait for fresh orders from my seniors and work accordingly."

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