Vadodara: The transfer of an inspector with Vadaj police station in Ahmedabad doesn’t seem to have gone down well in the tribal belt of the state.
Since Tuesday morning, tribal activists and others from the region have taken to social media and have been sharing messages on WhatsApp in support of the inspector JA Rathwa, who was transferred to the special branch. A couple of days before his transfer, Rathwa had an altercation with the driver of a Kalol-based religious leader.
Activists and citizens have written messages and posts on social media questioning the government over Rathwa’s transfer. In fact, #I_Support_PI_Rathva was among the top 12 Gujarat trends on Twitter on Tuesday. Jhagadia MLA and tribal leader Chhotu Vasava also questioned Rathwa’s transfer and wrote several sarcastic posts over it.
Tribal activist from Narmada, Dr Praful Vasava, also wrote: “We are proud of PI Rathwa. He is an officer of high values and not somebody who works under the pressure of any religious leader, MLA, minister or senior police official.”
Amit Rathwa, a resident of Kawant in Chhota Udepur, questioned, “Why does a man of truth have to apologize to an accused in Gujarat?” An architect from Santrampur in Mahisagar said, “Why is the state relying on religious leader so much that a government officer has to apologize to him?”
Police have, however, defended Rathwa’s transfer due to an audio clip. Deputy commissioner of police (DCP), Zone 1, P L Mal said an audio clip has gone viral which has Rathwa abusing someone and the sound of a slap. As the audio clip went viral, an inquiry headed by assistant commissioner of police, A-division, was initiated.