Mumbai: Couple days ago, while Sherry Pereira, aged 54, was on her way to Mumbai from Goa by bus to meet her daughter, the Sindhudurg police stopped the bus at Kharepaten check post at 2 am on Sunday, 17 May. They carried out a search and found Goan sausages in Pereira’s bag. Assuming that the sausages were beef, they then started questioning her as to why she was carrying beef, which is banned in Maharashtra. Good news for Pereira is that a day after the incident, the Chief Minister’s Office-Maharashtra has ordered a probe into the incident against the Sindhudurg police who detained Pereira on the Goa-Maharashtra border and grilled for an hour, as they thought she was carrying beef.
Even when Pereira tried to explain the cop that her daughter, who is nine months pregnant, had asked her to get Goan pork sausages as she is quite fond of them the cop started to harass Pereira saying that he is a forest official and that carrying any kind of meat is illegal and he would her for committing the crime. It is also learnt that the cop even told Pereira that he would put her in lock-up and produce her in court the next day. He then asked her to accompany him to a shady room in a desolate area and made her to wait for a long time. He later came back asking what price she would be willing to pay. Shocked to hear this, Pereira pleaded with him and told him that her mother and brother are in the bus. The cop finally agreed to settle the issue if she paid him Rs 2,000.
When Pereira refused to pay, the infuriated cop threatened her once again. He finally told Pereira that Rs 500 would do. Pereira, who was nervous and scared agreed to his demand, got back to the bus and brought the money and paid the cop. Meanwhile, Pereira’s son-in-law Banerjee said, “We received an email from the CM’s office, stating that the issue has been forwarded to the office of Additional Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary, Home department, for further probe. I hope the corrupt cops who have started using beef ban as a way to extort money are brought to the book and innocent people don’t have to suffer.”
The probe was ordered after Pereira’s son-in-law, Andheri resident Ian Banerjee, lodged a complaint. The Range Inspector General of Police has also launched a probe in the issue, which will be headed by the Superintendent of Police. The Inspector General of Police, Konkan Range, Prashant Burde, said, “I have asked SP Sindhudurg to probe the issue and take immediate action in this matter. Those found involved will face action.”