Jamia Nagar midnight raid: Six cops suspended
OT, February 17, 2012 10:55 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/Batla House
Once again cops faced a tough time in Jamia Nagar area. On the night of February 16 (at about 1.00 AM) when six cops allegedly from the Bangladeshi Cell of south Delhi landed in F 5/18 on Nafees Road in Batla House to apprehend "illegal immigrants" they faced stiff resistance from the residents. Not only this, they were suspended for landing in the locality without taking the local police into confidence, claimed local leader Amanatullah Khan, who was the first to rush to the spot.
He said as the police team were in plain clothes residents got suspicious and blocked their ways. "It was then that I called up the local police station to find out whether they were informed about the raid. Later on the police came in and rescued the cops from the rowdy crowd."
People were infuriated as the seven people detained were not Bangladeshis but from Darbhanga, Bihar. And to buttress their claim they even displayed their voter ID and passports. Later on local MLA Asif Md Khan arrived on the spot.
As the crowd was about to go berserk, a local police officer opened fire, claimed Khan. "The crowd dispersed and the police were whisked to the police station. I filed a complaint against them. It was today that I got the information from officials that all six cops have been suspended."
Local leader Md Ayub said: "We don't support criminals. But this is not the way to arrest anybody. If police suspect somebody it should take local police into confidence before landing in the locality. We are living in a democratic setup and such acts by police is in violation of the law. It makes no sense to land in a locality in plain clothes and then pick up innocent people on flimsy ground."
This is not a one-off incident in the locality. On February 13 a high-voltage drama had unfolded on the busy Nafees Road when Delhi police special staff tried to arrest two people from a workshop over a stolen two-wheeler (Batla House residents foil cops attempt to arrest two youth).
On the same day some officers from of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) had to face embarrassing moments in Shaheen Bagh where they had arrived to serve “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 (Embarrassing moments for Maharashtra ATS in Abul Fazal Eclave).
Under Sec 160 of the CrPC 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.
This has certainly made task of outside police difficult in arresting people from the locality without informing the local police first. Also, with councillor elections just round the corner politicians too are competing with each others to grab attention, according to a local source, who don't want to be identified.