Hawker dies in clearance drive, Vasant Dhoble transferred
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A 40-year-old hawker died due to a heart attack during a drive against vendors by a police officer in Mumbai. The officer, Assistant Commissioner Vasant Dhoble, was Saturday transferred and a CID probe ordered into the incident.
After seeing Dhoble patrolling in Santacruz Friday evening, hawkers started fleeing but re-arranged their stalls once the ACP had left. However, he returned to check the streets again, the police said.
Following this, the hawkers began running helter-skelter and one of them, Madan Jaiswal, collapsed after reportedly suffering a heart attack, they said. Jaiswal was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead on arrival, the police said.
Enraged by the incident, hawkers gathered outside Vakola police station demanding action against Dhoble.
According to the police, while some hawkers claimed that they were beaten up along with the deceased, few others said that Dhoble did not take harsh action.
The officer has been transferred out of the Vakola division in western suburban Mumbai to the police control room in South Mumbai, the police said. Dhoble had made headlines last year for his late night raids against pubs and restaurants in the city.