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Hawker's death puts Dhoble in fix.

MUMBAI'S " terror" ACP Vasant Dhoble has been transferred once again amid protests following a vendor's death in suburban Santacruz during a drive on Friday against illegal roadside vends.

Dhoble, who was transferred to Vakola division in western Mumbai last year after initiating a violent crackdown on party- goers in city pubs as the ACP of the Social Service Branch, was on Saturday shifted to the police control room in South Mumbai as a relegated transfer.

The senior officer found himself at the centre of a raging controversy after hawkers from Santacruz laid siege to the Vakola police station claiming a fellow vendor, Madan Jaiswal ( 40), suffered a heart attack after being attacked by the police during a clean- up drive.

The police team that led the exercise was under Dhoble's charge, but sources said the ACP himself was not present at the site when the incident occurred.

Jaiswal, eyewitnesses said, collapsed while trying to escape " the wrath of the policemen", who had come by to evict hawkers from a busy road.

While Jaiswal's fellow hawkers have claimed that he, as well as all of them, were beaten up, the police have denied the accusation.

" Cracking down on illegal vendors is not something that is against the law or anything new. Policemen have to keep chasing away hawkers who illegally occupy roads and create problems for traffic and safety," a police officer said.

" No hawker was beaten up by the police," he added.

Nevertheless, the police have initiated a CID probe to verify the allegations and also transferred Dhoble.

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Date:Jan 13, 2013
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