Patil defends Raghuvanshi against `anti-Muslim` allegations

Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil defended Thane Police Commissioner K P Raghuvanshi over allegations against him for being `anti-Muslim`.

Mumbai: Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil on Tuesday defended Thane Police Commissioner K P Raghuvanshi over
allegations against him for being `anti-Muslim`.

"Raghuvanshi was not well and was on leave but now he has
taken the charge as Thane Police Commissioner," Patil told
reporters here.

There were reports in the media that Raghuvanshi`s
appointment attracted flak from Muslims, with allegations of
him being `anti-Muslim`, prompting him to go on leave soon
after taking charge. In Raghuvanshi`s absence, head of the
Highway police Arup Patnaik was given additional charge.
Some Muslim organisations protested against Raghuvanshi,
who was the then ATS chief, in Thane for "wrongly framing
Muslim youths" in two blasts cases, including the Malegaon
blast probe.

Rubbishing such allegations, Patil said "many officers
are termed as anti-Muslim or anti-Hindu. But in a state like
Maharashtra, work would be done secularly by police."
Patil also asked DGP D Sivanandhan to submit a report on
allegations made by Suresh Khopade, Special Inspector General
(crime investigation department), who wrote a letter referring
to top police officials, which attracted a lot of criticism.

"The DGP would look into the matter and about any
grievances Khopade has. He would submit a report to me on the
issue," Patil said.

PTI

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