Mumbai underground: 26/11 not a day for action

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Home Minister R R Patil had a long discussion on Monday on the demand from all quarters for action against police officers who arrested two Palghar girls for a Facebook post questioning a bandh to mourn the death of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray's demise. They, however, did not announce the action. Patil said the details of the meeting would be made public on Tuesday. "Today is 26/11, a day police fought bravely (four years ago). We will talk about action on police tomorrow. "

A harrowing experience

Recently, a Santacruz girl failed to brake early enough at a traffic signal and ended up bumping into the car of an IPS officer. The minor hit made her next 24 hours a nightmare. The constable driving the car of the officer stepped out, walked up to the girl and demanded her licence. As the badly shaken girl handed it over, he calmly pocketed it telling police would get in touch and walked away. The girl tried to protest, but the constable said his 'madam' was running late for a meeting and drove away. After spending an entire day worrying and waiting, the girl was summoned by the local police station "in connection with the accident case". She spent the drive to the police station calling friends and relatives, hoping to find someone with enough influence to settle the case. At the police station, she was told she would have to pay a fine and was given her licence back.

Cheers? Not now

With IPS officer P S Pasricha the chief guest at a recent 26/11 memorial event at Cafe Leopold in Colaba, there was heavy security. The cafe being a new setting, a couple of cops got carried away and called for beer to kill time. As child beer arrived in tall glasses, all eyes, especially of the impatient media, turned to the cops. Realising the mistake, one of the cops called the waiter back and said, "Keep it in the fridge. A little later, maybe."

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