by Advocate Mohammad Shoaib and Sandeep Pandey

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That corruption is rampant in police department is a common experience. However, there is another form of corruption which devastates lives of individuals and their families. It has now emerged as a common phenomenon that police more often than not register false cases because of which individuals have to spend number of years in jail. Sometimes their period in jail extends beyond the punishment if they were to be convicted in the charge for which they landed in jail. For lack of evidence many such individuals get acquitted or eventually get bail but by that time their lives are beyond redemption.

Father Stan Swamy was in jail in a false case. He had not even heard of Bhima Koregaon, what to talk of having participated in any meeting related to it or the violence which took place there in 2018. The court would not even give bail to him in spite of his age and ill health, as a consequence of which he died after 9 months in jail.

Recently Kishorchandra Wangkhem, journalist, and Erendra Leichonbam, activist, from Manipur, spent two months in jail under National Security Act for criticism over Facebook of efficacy of cow dung and urine as cure for Covid, something for which even ordinary penal sections do not apply.

When it comes to terrorism related cases the accused are labeled as terrorists by the security agencies as well as media even before a case has been filed or been heard in a court of law. On the other hand a politician in jail, even under serious charges, can contest elections until he is convicted. The conviction under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act is hardly 2% indicating that most arrested under terror charges are innocents who ultimately get acquitted. But the stringent provisions of law make it difficult for any accused to get bail.

In Lucknow on 11 July, 2021, Minhaz Ahmed, aged about 30 years, and Masiruddin, aged 50 years, have been arrested by the Anti-Terrorism Squad accused of being members of Ansar Gazwatul Hind associated with Al-Qaeda, who were planning to carry out blasts in various cities of Uttar Pradesh before the Independence Day. Two Pressure Cooker bombs and a pistol was recovered from them, which seem more like having been planted as the ATS carried some suitcases inside Minhaz’s house when they went to raid it. Same day Mohammad Mustakeem was also arrested. Two days later on 13 July Shaqueel, aged 27 years, and Mohmmad Moid, aged 29 years, were also arrested. All except Minhaz belong to lower middle class. Minhaz, with a diploma in Electrical Engineering, was running a battery shop. His father is a retired class II government official. Masiruddin and Shaqueel used to operate battery rickshaws and had bought batteries from Minhaz on installments. Moid used to work with somebody in the real estate business. Mustakeem was a petty contractor who would hire labourers to get small houses built. When police went in search of Masiruddin he was overseeing the construction of adjacent house of Masiruddin’s brother. The police took away Mustakeem’s mobile phone and identity card and later called him to a police station to arrest him as well.

It is alleged that all these ‘terrorists’ were being funded from overseas. Masiruddin has an unfinshed house in which his wife, mother-in-law and 4 children live in a makeshift arrangement. His wife Saeeda says she recently bought a pressure cooker, an iron and a stove, to keep for her daughter’s marriage. The ATS, as they were leaving after their raid, on a second thought, came back and confiscated the new pressure cooker. Her daughter Zeba, a student of class 6 is suffering from diabetes. Masiruddin would take all her daughters to school in his rickshaw and get other children also on board when the school was open. Minhaz, the only son of his parents, also doubled up as daughter, combing her mother’s hair and giving her massage in feet. He had a year and half old son. Shaqueel’s wife was 7 months pregnant. His brother Ilyas asks how could a person who carried passengers for Rs. 5 be a terrorist? Shaqueel and Masiruddin’s families survived on their daily incomes. After Mustakeem was arrested people who owed him money for work done in past are refusing to pay. The family needs money to pay pending fees of youngest son and daughter. Among the 3 grown up daughters one is undergoing a medical treatment, for which also money is required. They live in rented house. Neighbours of Minhaz and Moid are bringing food for the grieving families and vouch for their innocence. A visit to families of anyone of these 5 who have been arrested doesn’t give a feeling that they were being funded by any international organisaion. Also, it is unlikely that fathers, who were in most cases the sole earning members of their families, of small children would take the risk of being involved in something as dangerous as terrorism.

It appears that the Bhartiya Janata Party in UP after getting routed in panchayat elections, terrorized the entire state to win the presidentship of district panchayats and block panchayats using the brute force, wanted to divert attention from the bad publicity it was receiving for abusing the government machinery. Facing an embarrassment over scams in land deals for the Ram temple in Ayodhya and mismanagement of Covid, it stares at a possible defeat in the upcoming Vidhan Sabha elections. The ATS operation seems more like a desperate attempt to polarize votes in its favour using a tactics which has been overused. Famous poet Munawwar Rana has commented that ATS has arrested not terrorists but pressure cookers.

All the abovementioned 5 accused face charges under UAPA. Looks like their lives are also doomed like those of many before them.

The biggest police reform that India needs is a halt to registering false cases against innocent people. Whether it is under political pressure, to seek medals and accolades, or merely to build a hype around security so that units like ATS, National Investigation Agency, etc., could continue to get unaccounted funds, it is time to say enough is enough.

Mohammad Shoaib and Sandeep Pandey are associated with Socialist Party (India).

e-mail ids: shoaib.ghurrah@gmail.com, ashaashram@yahoo.com


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One Comment

  1. samir sardana says:

    The Definition of Corruption = The Goan Pandoo Chor Matka Chadhi Chor Police

    David Headley, Shambu Beck and Yasin Bhatkal stayed for a long time in Goa as tourists and the Pandoo Police had no clue, and were high on matka,khainee and fenee

    The “Gems of Parrikar” – the “Pericles of Goa” – on the “Goan Police”

    • “People ask me why I am not suspending some of the officers although they were proved to be corrupt. I can’t do that because I am already facing shortage of officers”.

    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/goa-chief-minister-manohar-parrikar-corruption/1/186583.html

    The statements of TN Mohan Ex-DGP,Goa Police

    • Goa Police chief T.N. Mohan (Masala Dosa) on Wednesday said he was “ashamed” at the “unacceptable levels of corruption” in the force.

    http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/goa-top-cop-ashamed-at-corruption-in-police-force-114112601086_1.html

    Statements of the Panaji bench of the Bombay high court on the Police-Drug mafia nexus .dindooohindoo

    https://www.ndtv.com/goa-news/goa-government-under-fire-for-awarding-drug-cop-442588

    • The court observed that the police were shielding the political patrons of the drug trade “because more skeletons may tumble out from the cupboard of the police-drug dealers nexus… Is there anyone in Goa, not connected with the police, drug dealers and politicians, who does not believe that this nexus exists only because of political patronage?”

    Plague of immorality of the Goa Police – which is CHORS OF THE IPS AND GPS !

    • IGP – Panwari Bania – Sunil Garg – On Taped bribery charge with the Goan Chief Secretary sitting on the FIR File and the ACB refusing to file FIR inspite of a Court Order
    • DIG – Panwari Bania – Vimal Gupta – On corruption charge and transferred out by CM of Goa for not so good activities
    http://www.navhindtimes.in/gupta-relieved-of-duty-for-his-not-so-good-activities-cm/
    • SP Crime – Karthik Kashyap – Bailable Warrant served on him, at District Court,Amreli, Gujarat
    • SP ATS – Priyanka Kashyap – Secured entry from the OBC (Roojam)class and a BE in IT – On Abortion leave (suffering from pre-eclampsia and sadly did not die – in the last abortion), for 18 out of 36 months, with several tales and complaints of incompetence on this dimwit (including the rampage by Nigerians and the Nigerian Ambassador, who abused her (as a whore) with forensic trail, and the fiasco of the Kamaxi case etc.)
    • Devesh Mahale – SP ATS – Secured entry from the OBC class who failed in Training Programs in the Indian Evidence Act,Forensic Medicine and Police Leadership
    • PI ATS – Nilesh Rane – A B Com Pass in the 3 rd Division, suffering anal fissures and accused of being a pimp, extortionist, racketeer and a rapist (with a record of censures, penalties,demotions and dismissals)
    • PI ATS – Jivbya Dalvi – stole money during notebandi and tampered evidence in the Melvyn Gomes case
    • ATS clowns are staffed by 3rd division Commerce and Arts Graduates who have passed from Goa University,by doing Projects, in the 3 rd year,with scores of 70% (id.est, part of the Goa University scam – to make Konkani Nixxxx pass the graduate courses) – with Bhandare OBC caste affiliations – as sons of cobblers, mechanics,,sweepers and barbers.
    • ANC – Several Staff Chargesheeted by CBI for drug peddling and extortion and accused of planting and tampering with evidence•
    • Anthony Montesserate – Demoted,Censured,Sacked and Reinstated on several occasions (like Lazarus)
    • CBI – Refused to carry out an investigation in the matka operations in the state – inspite of a Court Order (they are all police officers)
    • Scarlett Keeling – The Police could not secure a conviction as it got paid off (The Court acquitted all the accused)

    SOME DIS-ASS-TERS OF THE GOAN PANDOO POLICE !

    • Margao Bombing – The Police could not secure a conviction as it got paid off and the fact that they are pandoos (The Court acquitted all the accused)

    • Vasco Bombing – The Police could not secure a conviction as it got paid off and the fact that they are pandoos (The Court acquitted all the accused)

    • Anti Islamic Bias -The Police who molested 88 Madrassa schoolgirls in a police station and the 2 pandoo police officers responsible for arresting the 88 girls – were feted by the Konkani Limpets of Vasco

    • Jail Breaks – are passe for the Goan Chor Matka Police o Mr Michael Fernandes, who has had 6 escapes from the inept,incompetent, matka Goa Police – from their jail, escort van etc….. ?

    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/Michael-scales-Aguada-jail-wall-escapes-again/articleshow/24212267.cms

    o Innovation by “Hitler Fernandes and Seby Ferrao” of Sada Jail,who escaped after drilling a hole in the toilet ?

    https://www.goaprism.com/the-great-escapers-of-goas-prison/

    • Bhang and Meat Party in Goan Pandoo Jail o Goa Matka Police have jails where inmates have “a bhang and meat party” – and the

    Meat and Bhang was made,in the Police Pantry and Canteen ?

    https://www.indiatoday.in/pti-feed/story/inmates-get-high-on-bhang-fight-inside-jail-1169839-2018-02-14 ?
    https://www.heraldgoa.in/Goa-News/Goa-News/Cops-probing-if-meat-too-was-served-at-bhang-party-in-jail/127038.html

    • The LPC of the Goan Police – only fit to check the orifices of Menino Fernandes to dig out the drug packets ? https://www.heraldgoa.in/Editorial/Editorial/Notorious-international-cocaine-dealers-seem-to-have-decade-long-love-affairs-with-Goa/127024.html

    • LPCs are just busy committing suicide as they are sexually abused and raped by the Goan Matka Police

    ? https://www.heraldgoa.in/Goa-News/Lady-constable-attempts-suicide/126542.html

    • Confidence – Menino Fernandes – caught with drugs on several occassions – but is not bothered as there is an angel on earth,saving him – the Goan Matka Pandoo Police ? http://theneutralview.com/two-major-drug-raids-two-arrests-in-day-long-raid/

    • Cross Defilers – The Pandoo Police who could not stop the defiling of the graveyards of Christians and falsely implicated an innocent ,man who is a Christian,and who was also acquitted