Mumbai: Hearing kind words from Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray about ordinary cops in the rally held on Tuesday, a constable turned emotional and went to greet the leader with rose as the latter was coming down from the dais.
Police constable Pramod Tawde was detained by the Mumbai Police for breaking the protocol for talking to a political leader while on duty.

Raising the issue of police personnel who got injured in the August 11 Azad Maidan violence, Thackeray said that the treatment meted out to police constables in the state was very shocking. The MNS leader had accused the government for making division among the ranks of IAS, IPS officials and the common police personnel.

After giving rose to Thackeray, an uncontrollable Tawde said, though IAS, IPS officials have their unions but a constables donot have any union that supports him. Angry Tawde said that he was ready to appear before any probe agency and said that as he was talking to Thackeray on the dais when a police inspector tried to drag him down and subsequently he arrested him.

Tawde was peeved over the August 11 violence which took place on this venue in which about 45 police personnel got injured, including scores of women. In a sheer coincidence, Tawde had to bear the brunt of CRPF personnel two years ago in a similar case.

He said that when he wrote to the Chief Minister and Home Minister complaining over the incident, he was charged of being mentally sick.

Later on, Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik said that legal action would be taken against Tawde for breaking the protocol for talking to a political leader while on duty.

One of the police personnel said that we are thankful to Raj for voicing his concern for the police.


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