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Mumbai Police order probe into 'hate' poem

Updated: January 15, 2013, 9:11 PM IST
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Mumbai Police order probe into 'hate' poem
A woman inspector had called Azad Maidan protesters as "snakes" and "traitors" and suggested that their hands be "chopped off".

Mumbai: Mumbai Police have ordered an enquiry into a controversial poem published in the force's in-house magazine about the Azad Maidan protesters. Deputy Commissioner of Police SS Gholap has been instructed to conduct an enquiry into the poem and how it got published in the magazine 'Samwaad', Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh said.

According to police sources, Gholap is expected to submit the enquiry report in a fortnight. A woman inspector, Sujata Patil, attached with Matunga traffic police, called protesters at Azad Maidan as "snakes" and "traitors" in her poem and suggested that their hands should have been "chopped off".

A complaint was filed in this regard with the Home Department, Police Commissioner's office and Azad Maidan police station on Monday by Ameen Mustafa Idrisi, who runs an NGO, and Nazar Mohammed Siddique, who was arrested for the August 11 violence and is now out on bail.

The complainants sought registration of an FIR against Singh, Joint Commissioner of Police (Administration) Hemant Nagarale, Patil, publisher and other unknown "conspirators".

Patil has already tendered an apology for the poem that has embarrassed Mumbai Police whose personnel were at the receiving end of agitators, who had gathered to denounce alleged atrocities on Muslims in Assam and Myanmar.

"Sujata Patil has apologised in writing. She has said she did not intend to hurt anybody's religious sentiments. The written unconditional apology would be published in the next edition of Samwaad," Nagarale said on Monday.

Two people were killed and over 50 injured, most of them police personnel and media persons, when the agitation turned violent.

First Published: January 15, 2013, 9:11 PM IST
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