Nagpur: Former minister and Founder President of Dragon Palace Temple Sulekha Kumbhare was booked by Kamptee police on the charges of risking people’s lives by removing barricades put up by police to regulate traffic and allowing vehicles at the crowded place on October 11 (Dhammachakra Pravartan Din celebration). Similarly, office-bearers of Ogawa Society have also been booked for deliberately violating police directives by allowing vehicles in the crowded place.
The complainant PSI Dongre was on duty at Dragon Palace Temple around 5 pm on October 11 to regulate traffic and had put up barricades to curb entry of vehicles at the place where a large crowd of people had gathered to celebrate Dhammachakra Pravartan Din. However, Sulekha Kumbhare, for reasons, objected to placing of barricades and asked the cops to remove them. But since the arrangement was to regulate traffic, PSI Dongre refused to do so. Enraged by the refusal, Kumbhare pushed aside the barricades and allowed vehicles to enter at the crowded place and thus risked the lives of people gathered there.
On the basis of PSI Dongre’s complaint, New Kamptee PSI Tople booked Sulekha Kumbhare under Sections 353, 186, 336, 188 of the IPC and launched a detailed probe into the matter.
Similarly, the office-bearers of Ogawa Society, manning the Dragon Palace Temple, violated the oral as well as written directives of police regarding safety and security of devotees coming in large number at the pilgrimage place. The office-bearers also allowed vehicles to enter restricted areas from October 10 to 12 during the Dhammachakra Pravartan Din celebrations.
Police Inspector Uttam Mulak has registered a case against the accused under Sections 336, 186, 188 of the IPC read with Sub-Sections 137, 140 of Motor Vehicles Act.