Embarrassing moments for Maharashtra ATS in Abul Fazal Eclave
OT, February 14, 2012 15:55 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/Shaheen Bagh; Okhla Head
At about 11.30 AM on Monday when three officers of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) allegedly landed in Shaheen Bagh they had no idea that their visit would backfire. They had come to hand over “summons under the provision of section 160 Cr.PC” to Taquee Ahmad, whose brother Naquee was arrested by ATS on alleged terror involvement in 13/7 blasts, to come to Mumbai, according to local leader Amanatullah Khan.
Also, it threatened legal proceedings under Sec 160 of the CrPC if Taquee failed to appear before the ATS within three days, claimed a member of Jamia Teachers' Solidarity Association (JTSA).
Alarmed by the development, Taquee said he immediately called his lawyer and after that he rang up 100. Police visited his home and from there he with his other friends, including some members of JTSA, arrived at the Jamia Nagar police station, he claimed. It was here that a high-voltage drama unfolded for more than two hours with many journalists flocking the police station to know what really happened. Local leaders also joined in the debate whether the ATS officers were right in serving summon without informing the local police station. The whole proceedings went on peacefully in the police station in the presence of some senior Delhi police officials.
Manisha Sethi of JTSA said: “If only the ATS had read the CrPc a little closely they would have not made this mistake. Any police officer making an investigation under this chapter may, by order in writing, require the attendance before himself of any person being within the limits of his own or any adjoining station who, from the information given or otherwise, appears to be acquainted with the facts and circumstances of the case; and such person shall attend as so required..
“Since when did Jamia Nagar come within the limits of ATS’ station? Maybe the ATS is not used to serving summons or following procedure in the course of investigation. No wonder that alongside these spurious summon, the ATS doesn’t shy away from issuing threats to Taquee’s relatives in Mumbai that they would implicate him in some false case,” she said.
MLA Asif Md. Khan said the law says that to serve summon to anybody one has to inform the local police station. “And here is a case where the ATS officers have come from Mumbai to directly summon this innocent boy. We are not against any arrest. If the cops feel that something wrong has happened they should arrest. But before that they need to follow the rule,” he added.
Taquee said for long the ATS Mumbai had been pressurizing him to come to Mumbia. In a letter given to the SHO Jamia Nagar and which was also forwarded to the Delhi Police Commissioner, he said: “I like to emphasize that I face threat to my life and liberty from the Maharashtra ATS. Ever since the illegal detention and false implication of my brother Naquee Ahmad, I have been consistently raising a voice against it.
“This has obviously irked the ATS and they have also been threatening my relatives in Mumbai that they would implicate me in the case too. I fear that I would be implicated falsely by them in some case.”
Local leader Shadra Khan said: “Innocent people shouldn’t be lifted and we should oppose such things collectively.”
Akhlak Ahmad of APCR said: “They should be stopped from kidnapping boys from the locality.”
Manisha pointed out discrepancy in summon. “It referred to the first summons as dated 23/01/2012 and the ATS CR No. 28/2011. Perhaps these were typos. But then it claimed to have sent another summons on 27.01.2012, which never reached Taquee,” she said, adding: “The ATS would be better served by organizing legal literacy classes than press conferences added.”
The portal could not reach the Maharashtra ATS for its side of the story.
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