Res­i­dents back po­lice­men as they rally to con­demn re­cent at­tacks

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com The po­lice and res­i­dents take out a rally at Kharghar on Fri­day.

There have been a num­ber of aware­ness ral­lies or­ga­nized in the city in the past two days by the po­lice and the res­i­dents to con­demn the at­tack on po­lice­men in re­cent times and cre­ate aware­ness on the is­sue.

On Fri­day, the res­i­dents of Taloja or­gan­ised a rally con­demn­ing the re­cent in­ci­dents and sup­port­ing the po­lice. They car­ried ban­ners con­demn­ing the at­tack on po­lice­men.

San­gita Thakur, sec­re­tary of Pachanand Rahi­wasi Sangh, said: “If some­one has com­plaint against any po­lice­man, they can go to the se­niors. Vi­o­lence is not the answer. They are sac­ri­fic­ing a lot to en­sure we cel­e­brate our fes­ti­vals safely.”

Shah­je­han Chougule, a res­i­dent of Taloja, said, “Strict ac­tion needs to be taken against those who at­tack the po­lice. They are work­ing 24 hours to se­cure us. The gov­ern­ment too needs to en­sure that strict laws are made to pre­vent such acts.”

He added, “If there is no se­cu­rity for the res­i­dents, no re­gion can pros­per. These po­lice­men pro­vide it and those who act against them should be dealt se­verely.”

On Thurs­day, the po­lice in Kharghar or­gan­ised a rally to cre­ate aware­ness. They ap­pealed to the res­i­dents to co­op­er­ate with the po­lice dur­ing the fes­ti­val and other times. Stu­dents from Ram­seth Thakur Col­lege and sev­eral res­i­dents joined the rally.

The po­lice ap­pealed to the res­i­dents to en­sure that there is no eve-teas­ing and en­sure smooth im­mer­sions of the idols dur­ing Ganeshot­sav.

Se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor Dilip Kale said, “Kharghar po­lice is pa­trolling all ar­eas of the node ev­ery day. The node is known as an ed­u­ca­tional hub. There are lit­er­ate cit­i­zens re­sid­ing here.”

He added, “We ap­peal to all to fol­low the rules and reg­u­la­tions and not com­mit any act that is against the stric­tures laid down by the court.”

A po­lice band played at Kopar Khairane’s the main chowk con­nect­ing sec­tor 15 and 18 on Thurs­day.

Se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor Satish Gaik­wad, “The band at­tracted a large num­ber of peo­ple. We used it to com­mu­ni­cate to res­i­dents that we are their friends and we need to work to­gether to en­sure peace and law and or­der.”

He added, “Us­ing speak­ers we gave in­struc­tions to the res­i­dents on how they can help curb eve teas­ing, the norms that they need to fol­low and other such rules and reg­u­la­tions.”

Gaik­wad, “We spoke to around 1,500 res­i­dents gath­ered for the pro­gramme. We ap­pealed to them for peace and har­mony in the city.”

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