Mumbai: Almost everyone in the after-dark party circuit is familiar with Assistant Commissioner of Police Vasant Dhoble’s reputation and rigidness, but another name has been long ignored, though the individual’s track record deserves accolades. Dhoble’s colleague, Feroz Patel, has been raiding brothels, rescuing children forced into work and reuniting street kids with their families, but has chosen to stay out of the limelight and not gloat about his achievements.
Patel, a 1981 batch officer, has been serving as ACP (Enforcement) since March 2011. During the one year and four months he has been with the enforcement unit so far, Patel has raided dozens of ladies bars and red light dens and his work is not restricted to only controlling the nightlife in the city. Patel along with his team have conducted over 60 operations till date. He has reunited around 1,200 kids with their respective families in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh and other parts of the country. He heads the Counselling Cell and has counselled couples and saved 436 marriages last year, while till June this year, he has counselled around 226 couples.
Despite an impeccable track record and going out of his way to do his duty, the ACP has chosen to avoid the media glare. “It is a part of my duty. Solving marriage disputes and reuniting children with their families, gives me immense job satisfaction. I abide by my superior’s orders and conduct raids as and when we receive information,” Patel said when asked about his profile.
Feroz Patel quietly raids bars, rescuing women from brothels, while the spotlight has been on Vasant Dhoble.
In a rare instance however, Patel and his team were caught on film while carrying out a raid at Madhosh Bar in Sion Koliwada on Monday night. The team succeeded in rescuing 12 young women during the raid. Unlike Dhoble, who had been in the news for instances of high-handedness, a study of the raid footage shows Patel as a calm and composed person.
In the past year, Dhoble’s overbearance made headlines across the nation and the ACP further gave rise to controversy by assaulting staff at a juice outlet in the city with a hockey stick. This is being seen as one of the reasons Commissioner of Police Arup Patnaik issued a circular to all police stations in the city ordering them to clamp down on bars and other such establishments, rather than putting Dhoble and his team on the job, which could stir up further controversy.
60: Number of raids Patel has conducted with his team
12: Number of women he rescued from Madhosh bar in Sion on Monday night
What sets them apart
Name: Vasant Dhoble
Designation: ACP, Social Service Branch
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Suspended (1989): for taking bribe in Pune
Sentenced (1994): to seven yrs imprisonment & Rs 1 lakh fine for custodial death of Abdul Gaffer Khan after alleged torture (Jail term overthrown by HC in 1996)
Dismissed (1994): for custodial death (Khan) (reinstated in 1996)
Pending: Departmental enquiry for Khan’s custodial death (after SC order)
Responsible for: Misplacing 12 dossiers related to gangster Dawood Ibrahim
Name: Feroz Patel
Designation: ACP, Enforcement
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