Maha police calm after female official complains about death threat

The police and district administration left a female village official (sarpanch) to her fate, after she sought police protection after getting a death threat from goons, the victim said here on Tuesday.

PTI| Updated: Nov 26, 2013, 19:25 PM IST

Thane: The police and district administration left a female village official (sarpanch) to her fate, after she sought police protection after getting a death threat from goons, the victim said here on Tuesday.

Addressing a press conference here today Janabai Sakharam Kadam, a 65-year-old childless widow, who is a village official in the predominantly tribal area of Shahpur said that, "If anything happens to my life, then the police will be solely responsible for it," adding that despite seeking police protection, all that the police did was to register a non-cognisable offence complaint, without taking any action against the accused.
As tears rolled down her cheeks, she told reporters that on September 20, Chandrakant Kashinath Tarne, Dattaram Sukrya Tarne, Balaram Tarne, Santosh Tarne and others came for a meeting fully drunk and threatened to kill her, after abusing her by her caste name.

She was threatened after the village council took action against an official called B A Dingore (Balaram Tarne`s son-in-law) for having swindled money to the tune of Rs 12.50 lakh.

A complaint was lodged with the Chief Executive Officer of the Thane Zilla Parishad and higher ups, but they merely kept saying that an enquiry is on, she said, adding that copies of her complaint were sent to chairperson of the State Womens` Commission, the Maharashtra Chief Minister, the home minister and the Director General of Police, besides the Thane District Superintendent of Police.

She alleged that those who threatened her had accepted money from a company which had executed work on roads in the village.

"It is more than a month now, since I submitted a memorandum to all these bigwigs, but I did not receive even an acknowledgement; forget about any action against those who threatened me," she told reporters.

She also alleged that the police supports the accused, who have also committed a number of crimes in the area, including extortion and threatening people with death.