Mumbai: In the wake of the growing number of attacks on policemen in the state, Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday called on Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to seek a solution to the problem. The Chief Minister later said the government will consider all demands of the families of police personnel.
“We are not demanding that there should be a separate Home minister merely because we have a penchant to do so. The police, society and the state want a full-time minister, a Home minister who can function efficiently,” he told reporters after the meeting. Thackeray met Fadnavis over the concerns harboured by families of policemen after the attacks. Uddhav also sought stringent action against those involved in attempted drowning of a policeman during immersion of Ganesh idol in Kalyan in Thane district.
During the meeting, the Chief Minister said a committee will be formed to address issues related to police and families. Their family members will be included in this committee, he said. Fadnavis, who holds the Home portfolio, is “capable and competent, but has been overburdened by work lately,” Sena chief said.
“I think the Home Department needs a separate minister to check attacks on police. “I demanded three things from the CM — safety of cops in state, proper implementation of law, and strict punishment to attackers,” the Sena president said. Thackeray, who met Fadnavis at his official residence ‘Varsha ‘in Malabar Hill area of South Mumbai, was accompanied by a few Sena ministers Subhash Desai, Diwakar Raote and Deepak Kesarkar and families of policemen. Kesarkar is the Minister of State for Home.
The police families residing in Worli’s BDD chawl had expressed their anger over the attack on traffic cop Vilas Shinde, who was allegedly beaten up by two youths following which he succumbed to his injuries on August 31.