Cop caught stealing phone from Shaheen Bagh shop
OT, May 1, 2012 21:08 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/Shaheen Bagh
A Delhi police official was caught red-handed stealing a mobile phone from a shop in Shaheen Bagh E block. According to some residents, the incident took place in the afternoon on Monday. But it was only at about 8 PM that things went out of hand with some 24 policemen turning up at the shop (Mallick Communication) located a few metres from Hamdard Public School (E Block 117) to resolve the dispute.
Md Farooque, an eyewitness, told OKHLA TIMES that when I got out from my house to buy something I saw a crowd. "I went there to see that a people were having heated argument with a policeman. They accused him of stealing a mobile."
The story unfolded in the afternoon when the policeman had come to the shop and stolen the mobile, said Farooque. "At that time the policeman was escorted to the local police station and the issue was resolved with the shopkeeper being paid Rs 1,500. But in the evening the policeman returned back drunk and started arguing with the shopkeeper that he had not stolen the phone. To prove himself innocent he also slipped the phone from his pocket. It was then that he was caught red handed."
As heated argument flared up some residents called local MLA Asif Md Khan and Amanatullah Khan. Within a few minutes more than fifty men gathered at the spot. Also, many policemen arrived to make sure that things don't go out of hand.
Another resident Nadeem Ahmed said: "Policemen were trying to protect their official by saying that he must be a fake man. However, no untoward incident happened as he was again marched to the local police station with full police protection."
Farooque said the positive thing was that though residents were furious nobody mishandled the policeman. "The crowd swelled and it was difficult to even find out the name of the policeman."
Things returned to normal once the policeman left the area. Since then different stories have been floating. Once said that an FIR was lodged against the policeman and he was kept in the station for a night.