Residents back policemen as they rally to condemn recent attacks
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.”