More people should complain against cops demanding bribes: RR Patil

Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil said that the government wanted to send out a storng message by suspending the policeman and added that no one will be spared for protecting illegal construction.

FP Staff April 12, 2013 09:54:18 IST
More people should complain against cops demanding bribes: RR Patil

After 36 Mumbai police men were suspended yesterday after they were recorded taking bribes in a sting operation, Maharashtra home minister RR Patil said that more people should come forward to lodge complaints against corrupt officers.

In an interview to Hindustan Times Patil said, "We wanted to send out a strong message to the police force that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated. If we find involvement of any senior officer in this case, we will not spare him."

More people should complain against cops demanding bribes RR Patil

RR Patil. AFP

A sting operation by a social activist showed the policemen accepting bribes from residents of illegal constructions in Mumbai’s Kurla area. This comes following the collapse of an illegal building in Thane that claimed 74 lives.

Patil reiterated his request to the citizens of Mumbai to come forward and lodge complaints. The Hindustan Times interview quoted him as saying, "If they are worried about their identity, anonymous complaints can be registered. We expect senior police officers to act strictly and to supervise their subordinates to prevent any association with anti-social elements.

Thursday's suspension order was issued after state home minister RR Patil ordered the Mumbai police commissioner to take immediate action in the case. The suspended cops are attached to the Nehru Nagar police station.

Mohammed Khan, who carried out the sting operation, said he set up a camera to gather evidence after policemen began visiting his friends house which was under construction, and started demanding bribes.

NDTV had reported that Khan had first approached the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), but it failed to take any congnisance of the matter. The video footage was then submitted to the local Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) who had initiated an inquiry.

"Nobody will be spared for protecting illegal construction," Patil said in the interview.

Read the full interview here.

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