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Mumbai anti-gay railway station attackers were cops

Police probing anti-gay attack and attempt at extortion, suspects go on the run
Vasai Road station in Mumbai where the homophobic attack happened

An investigation has confirmed that two attackers who assaulted and tried to blackmail a Mumbai commuter were plain-clothed policemen. 

The two accused, Government Railway Police (GRP) constables Ravi Medge and Sandeep Waghchaure, have been suspended but they cannot be traced and are suspected of absonding.

Their superior Praful Kshirsagar has been moved to another position for not acting immediately to investigate the attack, Times of India reports.

On Friday 22 February a 28-year-old technician at a pharmaceutical company was beaten-up by two men in a station at Vasai Road train station in Mumbai.

The attackers tried to extort the victim by threatening to tell his parents that he is gay unless he gave them money, but he told them his parents already knew.

Indian LGBT rights activist Pallav Patankar told Gay Star News that junior police ranks need more education on LGBT issues:

'‪While at higher levels of police hierarchy they are sensitive to LGBT issues, at a filed level these guys live in some Victorian morality of what is right and wrong, until the "havaldars" [junior most officers] are senstive, there will be no change‬.'  

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