Wednesday, April 29, 2015

`Lewd gestures at woman worse than 3rd degree'

  Mumbai: A special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) court on Tuesday took strong objection against the alleged indecent conduct of a Satarabased senior police officer against a woman accused in a drugs case. The court was hearing the remand application of Sashikala Patankar alias Baby , arrested last week in connection with the seizure of 110kg mephedrone, also called meow meow. “Making indecent gestures at a woman is more than the third degree,“ special judge U B Hejib said. The court remanded Patankar in police custody till Saturday .
Following standard procedure, the judge had asked the accused if she had any complaints. The court's observations came after Patankar complained to the judge that while in custody deputy police superintendent Deepak Humbre had visited her cell and behaved inappropriately . “He made indecent gestures and also used indecent language. He was angry as I was the one who had acted as a mediator and had helped the police arrest head constable Dharma Kalokhe. He threatened me and said he would assault me just like he had thrashed my son,“ Patankar said.

The court also questioned the cops for letting the officer not connected to the case meet the accused. The court said that such vulgar gestures would not be tolerated by any decent woman.

“The police custody is extended, provided the accused should be medically examined every day and a report on the same should be filed before the court,“ the court said. The judge further said that the cops should ensure that at the time of interrogation, only officers connected to the case should be allowed.

While seeking extension of Patankar's police custody , the prosecution said huge quantities of drugs were found in her home in Khandala and Kalokhe's office and that the cops needed to find the link between the two.

The city crime branch took Maknan Samuel, an drug peddler, in its custody terming him the source of the 120kg drugs seized in March. Samuel was lodged in Arthur Road jail in another narcotics case since December 2014. The police had earlier arrested Kalokhe, Patankar and her son, Satish.


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