It was a filmy surprise for the Yerawada police station cops. On first day of his duty, newly-appointed senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer approached a police station in his jurisdiction in plain clothes to register a complaint about his lost wallet.
Oblivious to the fact that it was their boss waiting outside, the on duty policemen made him wait for several hours. After all that wait and several requests, they told him that he would have to go to a nearby chowky as the spot where the crime took place fell under that jurisdiction.
It was around 10am on Monday when Prakash Mutiyar, who has recently taken charge as the Additional Commissioner of Police (North Region), went to the Yerawada Police Station in plain clothes in an autorikshaw. The idea was to experience how a common man who comes in to lodge a complaint is treated by the police officers.
Mutiyar approached the police claiming that he was a resident of Kharadi area and complained that his wallet containing cash of Rs 5,000 was stolen.
He initially approached the reception counter and was made to sit with a promise that he would be called shortly. After waiting for 20 minutes Mutiyar again went to the counter and enquired.
He was directed to wait by the the Station Duty Officer (SDO). After waiting for another 10 mintues, his complaint was finally addressed, but instead of taking his complaint, local police told him to approach another police chowky to register the complaint.
Angered by the treatment meted out to him by taking him to be a commoner, Mutiyar then revealed his identity making all the policemen sit up.
Mutiyar was earlier was posted as Director General of Police from Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has been transfered as Additional Commissioner of Police (North region). Under his jurisdiction, eleven police station and five divisions including Chatuhshringi, Pimpri, Khadki and Wanawadi divisions.
Talking to dna, Mutiyar said, “As per the norms, if a citizen visits a police station, his complaint must be addressed and he shouldn’t have to run from pillar to post to register his complaint. Neither should he have to wait for hours. In this case, I am going to take disciplinary action against the two policemen who neglected their duty. This is not because they have done the act with me but this shows that they might be behaving similarly with other citizens,” said Mutiyar. Some lessons need to be learnt the hard way and this incident will be an eye-opener for all the policemen, Mutiyar added.