Bandra cops were stabbed and assaulted by the relatives and acquaintances of a chain snatcher in the very infamous area of Irani Basti in Ambivli, Kalyan. A team of 15 Bandra police were a part of a raid at Irani Basti on the night of April 10 when the ‘Khaki’ team had to bear the brunt of servicing their duty stringently. Twenty police officers, including two police Sub Inspector and assistant police inspector knocked the door of a house where accused, Abbas Ansari, was reportedly hiding.
He was accused of snatching chains of two women in Bandra recently, and was hiding at Irani Basti. The Irani Basti is, however, famous of being a “village of chain snatchers”. When policemen reached the house where Ansari was hiding, his family called the alleged relatives and acquaintances in the area to attack them.
A mob of 25 people (mostly women), who were allegedly Ansari’s relatives and acquaintances attacked the police in civil dress. The mob pelted stones, threw bottles and even stabbed one of the cops named Bhimsen Gaikwad, the Police Sub Inspector (PSI) in the unit. He was, reportedly, stabbed with a sharp weapon and two constables were also injured in the attack.
The mob was, however, successful in the attempt to help the accused, Abbas Ansari, to escape. A man from the mob attacked Gaikwad with a sharp weapon, while the women began to pelt stones and throw bottles on the raiding ‘Khaki’ team. This strategic attack acted in the defence of the accused Ansari who succeeded in getting released from the cops’ nab and escape immediately.
Ajanta News spoke to the Senior Police Inspector, Thane-Khadakpada, N. M. Patil about the incident and asked him to elaborate on the incident. “Bandra police had come in civil dress to arrest the accused. It is a psychology of the locals of Irani Basti, that if any outsider or any unknown person enters the basti, they agitate against them and they assault them and during this, the locals from the Irani Basti injured the cops.” said Patil, while clarifying that if local police were kept in the loop, this incident might have not occurred. The police official, however, assured of a First Information Report (FIR) being registered against 20 accused allegedly involved in the attack on the Bandra cops.
“We have filed an FIR against the residents, amongst them there are four women (mother, sister and other two relatives of the accused) and one man (grandfather of the accused) and the rest of them. Overall we have filed FIR against 20 such people. We have arrested the main accused in this case and they are the four women and the man (mother, sister and other two relatives and the grandfather of the accused),” said Patil to Ajanta News.
According to the reports, this is the ninth time that such similar incident has taken place in the crime centric Irani Basti, where policemen were attacked and assaulted by the locals of Irani Basti.
“When the policemen take the help of the local police station, the mob can be controlled. The Bandra Police didn’t take the help from the local police. They directly went to arrest the accused and so all this aggression took place,” added N. M. Patil.
Upon asking about their future course of action against the criminal minded locals of the Irani Basti, Patil assured that action has been taken and such criminal minded people will be dealt firmly. “We’ve filed cases under Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime (MCOC) Act. We’ve arrested several accused which include women as well. We are taking actions against them, and we are going to take stricter action against them. As and when crime will take place in the future as well, we will take action on the perpetrators,” assured senior police official from the Thane-Khadakpada police station.
In the nine incidents reported from Irani Basti of Kalyan, one took place in March 2018 where three policemen were assaulted by members of Irani clan, in a very similar manner to avoid an arrest. Though the police managed to arrest the chain snatcher, Assistant Police Inspector (API) from Mumbra police station, Mangesh Borse, and two other constables were injured.
In another incident, which took place in April 2017, a team of 26 police officers had the similar horrifying experience, when they went to nab two chain snatchers at Irani basti. Two policemen, including a sub inspector and a constable sustained injuries in the attack.
Despite of nabbing the accused successfully, the cops were confronted by the accused relatives. One of them even attempted to set fire after pouring kerosene on him, enabling the snatchers to flee.