Condition of deceased hawker’s daughter worsens; Dhoble finds support in residents

The condition of Radha Jayaswal, the daughter of Santacruz hawker Madan Jayaswal who died last week during a crackdown on hawkers, is critical, her family said on Sunday. Radha has been admitted at KEM hospital. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Vasant Dhoble had carried out the crackdown against hawkers in Santacruz (East) on Friday.

"She has been in shock since her father died. On Saturday, her condition worsened and we had to take her to V N Desai Hospital in the afternoon. She was referred to KEM hospital. The doctor said she has symptoms of dengue. Her brother Shriram is by her side," said her cousin Shivaji.

Madan's autopsy revealed that he had died of a brain hemorrhage. The death will now be probed by the state criminal investigation department (CID).

Following Jayaswal's death, Dhoble, who was ACP of Vakola division, was transferred to the main control room at the Mumbai Police headquarters in Crawford Market.

Jayaswal's younger son Krishna has gone to Nashik with his father's ashes and the fruit stall near Santacruz railway station is closed.

A group of residents of Santacruz (East) gathered outside Vakola police station on Sunday to protest the transfer of Dhoble, demanding that it be stopped.

The residents protested for over four hours, alleging that Dhoble was being transferred without any reason. They said they when Dhoble ws in charge of the area, they felt safe. They told police officers that Dhoble had stopped illegal activities in the locality.

"People involved in illegal activities are behind his transfer," said a resident.

Namdev Chavan, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 8) calmed the crowd and assured them that their demand would be conveyed to the state home minister and Chief Minister.

Dhoble, according to police officers, was transferred to a non-executive post to ensure impartial probe into charges that his action caused the death of the hawker.

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