Panvel Municipal Commissioner Sudhakar Shinde has reportedly received an anonymous letter threatening to kill him and his deputies if they don’t change the way the civic body is being run.
The Deputy Commissioners in question are Sandhya Bavankule and Jamir Langrekar.
Over the last few months, the commissioner has had multiple run-ins with the elected representatives over his autocratic style of functioning and action against illegal encroachments and hawkers in the city.
The letter, first published by The Hindu, reads, “You should listen to the political leaders and not take your own decisions. You should not stop our means of income or else we will defame you. We have connections at Mantralaya as well to teach you a lesson. The citizens you are trying to impress were bought by us for Rs 3,000 per vote”.
The commissioner and his team, much to the dismay of local politicians, have also been carrying out development work by sanctioning projects within their allotted spending limit.
Shinde, meanwhile, has forwarded a copy of the letter to the police chief. On their part, cops have started probing the case and are in the process of stepping up the security of all concerned officials.
In the past, elected representatives have even colluded and tried to get Shinde transferred, but with little luck. Citizens had also rallied behind the official after he was temporarily transferred from Panvel back in March.
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