Controversial Mumbai cop Vasant Dhoble transferred after vendor dies during anti-hawking drive

Last Updated: Sat, Jan 12, 2013 19:02 hrs

Mumbai: Mumbai assistant commissioner of police Vasant Dhoble has been transferred a day after a street vendor died during an anti-hawking drive, said reports.

Dhoble was not present at the spot when the incident occurred. But he reportedly supervised the drive carried out by civic authorities in a couple of Mumbai suburbs.

"He has been transferred out and has been asked to report to the main control room of Mumbai Police," joint commissioner of police, law and order, Sadanand Date told NDTV.

The news channel, quoting sources, said the 40-year-old victim allegedly collapsed as cops approached his stall. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

However, the victim's family said he was beaten up and a massive protest by hawkers forced the state government to order a CID probe.

Mumbai police is still treating the incident as an accidental death.

"Prima facie, it looks like he died of a heart attack, but we are waiting for the post-mortem report," said Date.

Dhoble has been in the news for the last two years. He came into the limelight for carrying out raids on late-night parties and bars, and then, was shifted to Vakola division.

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