31/03/2016 9:52 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Mumbai Tops In Assaulting Policemen On Duty, Says Devendra Fadnavis

Students shout slogans from inside a police van after courting arrest during a protest to condemn students actions in New Delhi, in Mumbai on February 18, 2016. Student leader Kanhaiya Kumar was sent to custody after being arrested on for allegedly shouting anti-India slogans at a rally called to protest against a Kashmiri separatist's execution three years ago. The arrest of the student union leader has reignited a row over freedom of expression in India, where some rights campaigners say the Hindu nationalist government is using the British-era sedition law to clamp down on dissent. AFP PHOTO/ INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP / INDRANIL MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

MUMBAI -- A total of 62 cases had been filed in Mumbai till February against people for manhandling or assaulting policemen on duty - the highest for a city in Maharashtra, the Legislative Council was informed yesterday.

Alarmingly, out of these, charge sheets in only seven cases have been filed. In all, the state registered 179 such cases, of which only 19 have reached the charge sheet stage.

These details came to light in a written reply given in the Upper House by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to a starred question by Vikram Kale of NCP.

Kale had sought details of district-wise cases of manhandling of police personnel by the public and action taken against the offenders.

In his written reply, the Chief Minister, who also handles the Home portfolio, said 57 cases were registered against people in Mumbai City district, of which charge sheets were filed in just seven. Five such cases were filed in Mumbai Suburban district but none has reached the charge sheet level.

Apparently explaining the delay in taking such cases to logical conclusion, Fadnavis said charge sheets in offences related to assault on government officials, including policemen, are filed after collecting credible evidence and completing due investigation.

The government tries to ensure that the accused get maximum punishment under the law, he said.

Besides Mumbai, most number of such cases were reported from Thane (17), Aurangabad (13) and Pune (12) districts.

While no charge sheets were registered in Thane and Pune, only two cases reached the court in Aurangabad.

On 19 February, a mob at Pangaon village in Latur district attacked Assistant Sub-Inspector Yunus Shaikh for trying to stop them for hoisting a flag at a controversial spot.

In another incident, Shiv Sena leader Shashikant Ganpat Kalgude was arrested on charges of assaulting a woman traffic constable in Thane on 27 February when asked to show his driving licence.

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