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Communalising Delhi Police

Updated: July 21, 2012 4:19 pm

Hindus and Hindu seers seem to be treated with an iron hand when they allegedly make a mistake in Hindustan. But when a criminal case was framed against Shahi Imam of the Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, Delhi police has failed to arrest him since 2001, giving a plea that there would be a law and order problem. Now a Delhi court has issued a non-bailable warrant against the Imam and directed the police to arrest and produce him before court. What a mockery of law! And look the whole secular brigade how it is keeping mum and turning a blind eye to a sensational issue. Had it been a Hindu seer, the self-proclaimed secular leaders would moved heaven and earth. Some of them would have immediately started agitation at Jantar Mantar in Delhi and demanded the President of India to arrest the Hindu seer. Because raising a hue and cry for ‘secularism’ is the bread and butter of Indian ‘secular’ leaders. Alas! Here there is no Hindu seer, but a ‘secular’ Imam, who is above the law in our country. Nobody can open his mouth when an Imam is framed even for criminal cases. Kudos to the Court, which directed the police to arrest the alleged culprit. In fact Metropolitan Magistrate Rajinder Singh slammed the Delhi police for failing to execute an earlier warrant against Imam Bukhari, who remained absent and brought court proceedings in the matter to a halt. The magistrate clearly observed that legal provisions entailed initiating the proceedings of declaring Bukhari a proclaimed offender, but doing so would ‘undermine the authority of law’. The magistrate’s order says: “In my considered opinion, declaring accused Ahmed Bukhari a proclaimed offender would be a mockery of Law and it would provide an easy escape route to the accused. It is surprising and shocking as well to see the police force not able to execute the non-bailable warrant issued against Bukhari. Such inaction by police cannot be tolerated.”

The FIR lodged against him at Lodhi Colony Police Station had accused him of rioting, obstructing and assaulting public servants from discharging their duties. The alleged incident took place on September 3, 2001, when the police and civic agencies officials were reportedly trying to remove encroachment from Lodhi Colony. A mob allegedly led by Bukhari, reportedly assaulted them. In 2004, the court had ordered to reinvestigate the case and conduct a proper inquiry why Bukhari was not arrested. But the police had a very flimsy claim that the arrest would lead to ‘communal riots’. In 2006, a non-bailable warrant was issued through the DCP, but the officer failed to execute it, claiming that Bukhari was untraceable. In 2010, the court asked the Commissioner of Police to execute the warrant in order to ‘uphold the court of law’. But to no avail. In May 2011, the prosecutor had moved an application following a recommendation from Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor and Deputy Secretary Home, to withdraw the case in ‘public interest’. But before the court took any call on the application, a protest petition was moved which said that the plea had no merit. The next hearing of the case would be held on July 17.

I tried to put the chronology of the incident to make understand how things move and how the law is not executed when it is for sensational persons, and here all are silent to say, ‘let the law take its own course’. Imam Bukhari is a respectable Muslim leader, and one expects him to follow the law of the land. Such ‘learned’ men like Bukhari should stay away from influencing the police force but and they should rather focus on what they are meant for. It is a shame for the Delhi police for taking nine years and still helpless in executing the NBW. This is a local incident but it hurts the sentiments of the majority community, when the police action becomes rude and insulting in dealing with the respected Hindu seers.

There are many examples where the investigating officers under the UPA government have allegedly harassed the Hindu leaders. Starting from Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Jayendra Saraswati, Sadhvi Pragya, RSS leader Indresh Kumar and after all Yoga Guru Swami Ramdevji, all were ill-treated by the investigating officers. They have every right to follow the process of law irrespective of caste and religion, when inquiring the persons framed for criminal cases. But it is becoming a fashion in India now to insult the Hindu seers and muths which have an established rapport and belief in society. One can say that it is part of the conspiracy of some vested interest of groups and persons in India to defame the Hindu beliefs. Our government and political class are also playing a dirty role in sensational issues of Indian communities. That is resulting in grave dangers like ‘communal tensions’. For ages in India many Hindu muths and spiritual leaders have been instrumental in uplifting society through education. Our vision is: Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah and Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. Let us try to follow our tradition of respecting religious gurus and their established muths and organisations for an empowered India.

Deepak Kumar Rath

Deepak Kumar Rath

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