Parsi Officers Rememberd as Bombay Police CID Turns 100


June 11, 2009

On the 100th year of the Bombay Police CID, here is some interesting trivia on Parsi officers in the CID over the last century.

.The first Indian DCP of the CID: In 1928, that laurel was won by Kavasji Jamshedji Petigara, who made the most famous arrest ever by the Bombay Police, that of Mahatma Gandhi. On January 4, 1932, Gandhi was arrested from Mani Bhavan in Gamdevi by the then Commissioner of Police G S Wilson and Petigara.

Years later, it was the CID  Special Branch that probed the assassination of Gandhi. DCP J D Nagarvala, a Parsi who headed the investigation, personally arrested Narayan Apte from Pyrkes Apollo Hotel in Colaba, behind Regal Cinema.

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