Twist in attacks on cops: MLAs may escape, arrests in Dhule

Mumbai, March 30: Even as the IPS lobby is trying to allow Maharashtra legislators go scotfree in Mumbai police official's assault case, the Dhule police have finally found courage to arrest the two sons of former corporator Chandrakant Sonar of NCP, for allegedly attacking a police inspector.

Devendra and Bhushan Sonar have been arrested and remanded to police custody till April 2. They have been booked under Sections 307, 147, 148, 149, 104, 506, 353, 332.

Assistant Police Inspector Dhananjay Patil was trying to stop a street fight during Holi celebrations. He was hit on his head by a sword and received 30 stitches.

Patil is attached with the Azad Nagar Police Station. A total of 35 people were named in the FIR out of which four have been arrested.

Inspector general of police, state law and order, Deven Bharti said "the officer is out of danger. This is a serious matter and we are investigating the case from all possible angles," said Bharti.

However, there is an attempt being made to dilute the case against MLAs involved in the assault on policeman in Assembly building in Mumbai. But the police should stay firm and investigate properly as the MLAs are likely to go scot-free despite footage from 28 CCTV cameras. Crime branch police claim that the footage is unclear.

There was a mobile video of an injured Sachin Suryavanshi, 28 CCTV cameras inside the Assembly and yet strangely there is no conclusive proof against the MLAs.

There are two clippings of 5 minutes duration each that have been sent for inquiry. The footage is not clear and it needs to be enhanced for investigation.

"The people who are saying that the evidence is not clear are those who fear stern investigation by the police. Police are investigating by picking up clues. The police have to be firm and have powers to arrest those who have committed the offence," former police officer YP Singh was quoted in a section of media.

Kshitij Thakur and Ram Kadam, arrested in the case have refused to name others involved in the incident during their interrogation. The political pressure could mean other eye witnesses may also not come forward. Other suspended MLAs have said they are waiting for the legislative inquiry to put their point across.

The IPS association may go with the political establishment and may not pursue the case. This may creat rift between IPS officials and the non-IPS cadre.

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