Mumbai: The Maharashtra government’s decision to hand over all the cases against underworld don Chhota Rajan to CBI has not gone down well with Mumbai Police with several senior officials criticising the move stating that it has raised doubts over their ability.
“The decision is a slap on the city police force as the government has directly portrayed that they don’t trust the city police as well as its crime branch,” said a crime branch official, requesting anonymity.
“This step has, in fact, demoralised the entire force, which has time and again curbed the underworld activities in the city. The city’s crime branch was ranked next only to the Scotland Yard police in world,” another official added.
The government’s decision has made it apparent that the entire police force including the top brass of city police and crime branch is mixed up with the underworld, the officials said.
“Our own government that appoints the top brass of Mumbai Police has shown that it has no faith in the force,” one more official said.
Considering the random incidents involving some Mumbai Police officers in the past, who thwarted “government’s operation against Dawood Ibrahim”, by arresting two key aides of Rajan – Farid Tanasha and Vicky Malhotra– in Delhi, has put the city police in “no faith zone”, the official added.