SENIOR Police Inspector Surendra Shirsat allegedly thrashed a 72-year-old man, Gopal Mahadev Mhatre, in Ulhasnagar in front of a crowd over a civil dispute. Shirsat is also accused of slapping a 12-year-old boy who was shooting a video clip of the incident on the mobile phone.
Recently appointed at the Vitthalwadi Police Station in Ulhasnagar, Surendra Shirsat is a talking point among Ulhasnagar businessmen due to his tactics and behavior. “Kursi pe baithate hi Shirsat ne shahar ko machchhi bazaar bana diya,” said a businessman on condition of anonymity.
On August 1, 2016, Mhatre complained (copy with ABI) in writing against Surendra Shirsat as well as Rajendra Sakharam Jadhav and Bhansingh Pratapsingh to several authorities, demanding action against them.
According to the complaint, Mhatre is a resident of Post Katemanivali, Chinchpada Gram, Kalyan (East), and has a piece of land bearing Survey No-35, Hissa No-17/A1, and Survey No-35, Hissa No-17/A2, at Chinchpada, Taluka Ambernath, District Thane. Mhatre claims Rajendra Jadhav and Bhansingh Pratapsingh have illegally constructed a ground-plus-four structure on the plot. Jadhav and Pratapsingh are said to be builders by profession. Earlier, builder and flat owners were using other route to go to the building.
“Earlier Rajendra Jadhav was ready to purchase my land at cost of Rs 40 lakh. Later he refused to pay the cost. He managed Vitthalwadi police and started threatening me and began encroaching,” said Mhatre. “Once Vitthalwadi police had arrested me on a false complaint,” Mhatre added.
Later Jadhav filed a petition (No-207/2014) in Ulhasnagar court demanding use of Mhatre’s property as a route for passing through. Acting on the petition on June 29, 2016, the court ordered that the builder and flat owners be allowed to use Mhatre’s land. Court also ordered the police to provide protection if needed.
As the court passed the order on July 30, 2016, Jadhav started constructing a concrete road. He blocked Mhatre’s gate. Naturally, Mhatre family members objected to the construction of a new road on the land. Senior Inspector Surendra Shirsat appeared there. Mhatre tried to explain that the builder was illegally constructing a road as the court had ordered use as a route only. An angry Shirsat abused in filthy language and thrashed Mhatre hard and pushed him back. Shirsat threatened that he would register false cases against him. Shirsat also slapped a 12-year-old boy and hit him with a wooden stick for making a video of the thrashing incident.
“Main Shirsat ko yeh samjhane ki koshish kar raha tha ki court ne naya (concrete ka) road banane ka permission nahin diya hai. Shirsat ne mujhe gandi-gandi galiyan deen. Mujhe mara aur ghar me band kar diya. Unhone dhamkaya bhi ki agar road banane me interfere karega to jhoothe case me fansa dunga,” said Mhatre.
Mhatre demanded suspension of Shirsat. He also threatened that if authority failed to take action on Shirsat he will sit on a hunger strike against him soon.
“Shirsat helped in constructing the illegal road. He thrashed me but gave no reason. I demand that the authorities suspend him. I will sit on a hunger strike to seek his suspension soon.”
“Shirsat was acting like a road-side goonda. He has no manners while talking to innocent people. He assaulted and threatened the senior citizen,” said an eyewitness.
“I was following court order only. Mhatre road banane me interfere kar raha tha to maine use bhaga diya. There is lot of complaints against him. If Jadhav has constructed road illegally Mhatre should approach court,” said Shirsat.