Traffic cop Vilas Shinde who was attacked by a juvenile passes away

Cheryl Sanders
September 1, 2016

A traffic police constable who was allegedly attacked with a wooden plank by a juvenile after he asked the latter for vehicle documents at a petrol pump last week, passed away at a hospital today.

The incident took place last on Tuesday last week when the Constable Vilas Shinde (50) from Bandra traffic division was discharging his duty at a petrol pump when he spotted a biker without helmet approaching the petrol pump.

- CP Mumbai Police (@CPMumbaiPolice) 31 August 2016Head Constable Vilas Shinde remained true to his service, risking his life.

The issue attracted a lot of attention with chief minister Devendra Fadnavis visiting Shinde's family, while Mumbai traffic police made a decision to contribute one day salary - amounting to Rs 30-35 lakh - to support Shinde's family. Mr. Shinde's son, Deepesh, donated his eyes to the Eye Bank Coordination and Research Centre. Shinde intercepted the minor and asked him to produce his licence and vehicle documents. The biker instead called up his brother Ahmed Mohammad Ali Qureshi (21).

He hit Shinde on the head with a wooden stick.

Shinde was a resident of a BDD chawl in Worli, originally from Satara, he is survived by a wife and two children. When CM Fadnavis reached Shinde's residence, he was stopped by angry family members of the constables for some time. Shinde collapsed and the brothers fled, but were arrested within 24 hours.

Shinde was immediately rushed to Lilavati hospital, where he slipped into coma. Initially, both the brothers are charged with attempt to murder but now, they have now been charged with murder and are in custody. I pay my condolences to the family " said Dattatray Padsalgikar, police commissioner. In 2013, there were as many as 30 instances of traffic policemen being manhandled by motorists and citizens. "We have booked the two brothers for the murder of the traffic constable", said SI Ramchandra of Khar police.

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