In the wake of growing incidents of attacks on policemen, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray has said that Maharashtra needs a full time home minister who will dedicate all his energy and time to tackle the issues related to home ministry. Uddhav said this after meeting Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is also in charge of the home ministry.
Uddhav Thackeray met Fadnavis on Wednesday at latter's official bungalow Varsha along with family members of policemen who have been attacked while on duty. Recently, on August 23, traffic department head constable Vilas Shinde was attacked when he stopped a biker who was riding without a helmet. The biker, a minor, got into an argument with Shinde. He then telephoned his elder brother who then attacked Shinde with a stick. Shinde succumbed to injuries sustained during the attack. The incidents of attack on policemen, especially traffic police, have increased after use of helmets was made compulsory and police started a drive to implement the rule.
"Fadnavis is a good person but the pressure of work on him is too much. So I feel that Maharashtra needs a home minister," said Thackeray after meeting Fadnavis. He also said those who attack policemen should be dealt with firmly. "If police start feeling insecure one can imagine where we are heading, nobody should dare to touch policemen. If a policemen is attacked, he should get firm punishment," said the Shiv Sena president.
Congress and NCP-led opposition in Maharashtra has been critical of Fadnavis' handling of home portfolio. They have demanded a home minister time and again. Statement made by Uddhav Thackeray assumes significance given this background.