The latest edition of Mumbai police's in house journal Samwad which came
out today, carried an unconditional apology by female police inspector Sujata
Patil, whose poem had sparked off a controversy.
Traffic police inspector (Matunga division) Sujata Patil's controversial poem in
an earlier issue of the in-house police journal, had described last year's Azad
Maidan protesters as "snakes" and "traitors", whose hands should have been
Patil had already apologised in writing, but today it was published in the
latest edition of Samwad, police sources said. She did not intend to hurt
anybody's religious sentiments or any religion through her poem, she wrote in
Joint Police Commissioner (Administration) Hemant Nagrale who is also Samwad's
editor and publisher, has stated in writing that Patil had already apologised
and she did not intend to hurt anybody's sentiments.
"I too agree with her. Samwad is a platform to encourage the creativity of
policemen and it is circulated among them," he wrote in the journal's latest
Patil's poem which was published in an earlier issue of Samwad read, "Hausla
buland tha, izzat lut rahi thi, himmat ki gaddaron ne Amar Jyoti ko haath lagane
ki, kaat dete haath unke toh faryad kisi ki bhi na hoti. Saanp ko doodh pila kar,
baat kare hain hum bhaichare ki. (Their morale was high, women were being
dishonoured. The traitors had the audacity to touch Amar Jawan Jyoti. Had we cut
off their hands, nobody would have complained. We feed milk to the snakes and
then talk of harmony".
Her poem, which also suggested that the police ought to have played "goliyon ki
holi" (Holi with bullets), triggered off a huge controversy and prompted Mumbai
Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh to order an inquiry.
On August 11 last year, a demonstration called to protest alleged atrocities on
Muslims in Assam and Myanmar had turned violent, resulting in the death of two
people, injuries to scores, including women police personnel, who were also
molested as well as massive destruction of property.