Mumbai: Almost everyone in the after-dark party circuit is familiar with Assistant Commissioner of Police Vasant Dhobles reputation and rigidness, but another name has been long ignored, though the individuals track record deserves accolades. Dhobles 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 superiors orders and conduct raids as and when we receive information, Patel said when
05:00 PM, Aug 01, 2012