Pune: MP Vandana Chavan dialled 100 six times sans response; Police Commissioner responds 8 hours later

Salil Urunkar
Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Chavan was trying to report a robbery incident at the Pancard Club in Baner in the wee hours of Tuesday.

Pune: Vandana Chavan, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha dialled 100 number six times at 1:30 am on Tuesday (August 11), but all she got was the disconnection of the call. Frustrated over this when the MP tweeted about this, Police Commissioner K Venkatesham responded 8 hours later in the morning at 9:07 am and assured corrective measures on why the control room police personnel did not respond.

Chavan was trying to report a robbery incident at the Pancard Club in Baner in the wee hours of Tuesday. In her first tweet sent to @PuneCityPolice at 1:30 am on 11 August 2020, MP Chavan says, "Trying to call 100 number. First no response and then six times they say hello and when one tells the problem they cut it or it gets cut. What happens in emergencies? Just now the whole glass façade of Pancard Club at Baner is being broken by miscreants. Urgent."

Eleven minutes later at 1:41 am, MP Chavan tweeted saying, "Pancard, Baner glass façade being broken down NOW by miscreants. Can see the mobile lights inside. 100 not responding (as usual!) @PuneCityPolice @Venkatesham_IPS it is being robbed since sometime now today is just too much. Sounds like bombs with glass crashing down. Urgent."

The MP and former Mayor of Pune city, tweeted third time at around 8:14 am in which she says, "The daylight robbery. Glass panes broke yesterday and the aluminium frames are being pulled down now. Where is the police?? Pancard @PuneCityPolice"

Pune Police Commissioner, Dr K Venkatesham responded to the MP's tweets almost eight hours later from his twitter handle @Venkatesham_IPS. Commissioner Venkatesham in his tweet at 9:07 am says, "Madam, officials visited Pan Card which is in custody of ED in the night. 100 not picking up is serious and is being probed. Will revert with reasons and immediate corrective measures. Thank you for flagging the issue."

MP Chavan immediately responded to Commissioner Venkatesham's tweet at 9:34 am saying, "Thanks. Yes I followed till 3am, but they should have sent someone apprehending intention was to pull down the aluminium frames in the morning, which they were doing this morning. Police came after frantic calls. They could have caught the whole gang. Only one caught that too by the corporator."

Meanwhile, Chatuhshrungi police booked one Pramod Hanumant Meghavat (25), a resident of Pashan and his accomplice, a minor, in connection with this incident.

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