PMPML CMD gets armed security

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Bone of contention 
Tukaram Mundhe has brought about several changes which have not gone down well with local corporators, politicians, activists as well as its own staffers. During his previous stint as municipal commissioner of Navi Mumbai municipal corporation, he was reportedly shunted out because of his campaign against illegal constructions.

A Katraj resident in a letter has threatened him regarding the hike in monthly pass for senior citizens.

Pune:  The Pune police have provided security to Tukaram Mundhe, Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) after receiving a threat letter from a Katraj resident on Friday. 

One of the officers of PMPML had filed a complaint with Swargate police station along with demand that Mundhe’s security should be tightened on Friday. The letter had threatened Mundhe regarding the hike in monthly pass for senior citizens.

Following the threat letter, Police Inspector (Crime) M Pandit of Swargate police station said that they lodged a case under the non-cognisable offense. The threat letter blames Mundhe for increasing the PMPML bus fare for senior citizens to 
Rs 450. The letter also states that the CMD is acting as per his will.

According to the police, the matter is under investigation, but probably the sender and address is fake.

“I’m writing on behalf of Pune senior citizens’ club. You have recently hiked the rate of monthly pass for senior citizens from Rs 450 a month to Rs 700 a month. This is a 50 per cent hike. Till date such a steep hike was never implemented... you should immediately withdraw this hike or prepare yourself to face the consequences,” reads the letter written in Marathi by a man who identified himself as Bhujangaro Mohite Patil, resident of 
Sukhsagar.

Security tightened
Subhash Gaikwad, spokesperson, PMPML said that on Monday morning, an armed policeman reported to Mundhe’s office to provide him protection.“We already have our own guard who accompanies CMD and is responsible for his security. The police personnel will now join him,” said Gaikwad.

Talking about the issue, Mundhe said, “The letter is not some vague threat. It specifically refers to the initiatives and changes brought about by me in the transport body’s functioning, Hence, I thought it was important to approach the police.”

 

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