Cop’s poem on riots leaves force red-faced - The Times of India MUMBAI: The city police have been left red-faced by a poem in the force's monthly bulletin Sanwaad. Inspector Sujata Patil, in her poem, has dubbed those involved in the August 11 Azad Maidan riots "traitors", "snakes" and suggested they should have been shot. Had their hands been chopped off, she said, the men would not be able to attack cops again. The poem could be a reflection of the anger in the force over the incidents of molestation and rioting, but senior officers say police cannot be seen as reacting emotively to such situations. Patil is attached to the Matunga traffic police. The poem, Azad Maidan, has suggested that had the police killed the protesters one by one, there would have been no fear. "Hausla buland tha, izzat lut rahi thi...himmat ki gaddaron ne Amar Jyoti ko haat lagane ki, kaat dete haath unke toh faryad kisi ki bhi na hoti...Saanp ko doodh pila kar, baat kare hain hum bhai-chare ki..." Patil has written, further suggested that the cops should have played "gooliyon ki holi". Sanwaad is circulated in all the police stations, special units and crime branch. It is read by the 44,000-strong police force in the city. Hemant Nagrale, joint commissioner of police (administration) is the publisher and chief editor of this bulletin. It contains information about policemen's children achieving awards, information about the best detection of the month and developments in several issues in the city police. A senior police officer said a poem that could poison the minds of others should not have been printed in the police bulletin. However, most policemen do not seem taking strict notice of this. Nagrale told TOI, "When it was brought to her (Patil) notice, she apologized. She said her intention was not to hurt anyone's feeling. We will be printing her apology in the next issue." However, Patil does not seem to have realized the repercussion of the poem. "Its not provocative," she said. When asked about her comment terming the protesters as traitors, Patil replied, "Those who assaulted cops are gaddar." Arif Naseem Khan, minorities affairs minister, said, "Several people have approached me on this issue. I have asked the home department to conduct a thorough inquiry into it. This is shocking. Its very sad to hear that a police officer is promoting communalism."