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Locals assault ATS officials

The tables turned on Monday morning — and how. Four officers of the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), which had arrested a Delhi Police informer in mid-January, were 'gheraoed' and allegedly assaulted by incensed locals in southeast Delhi's Batla House area.

delhi Updated: Feb 14, 2012 01:32 IST
Jatin Anand

The tables turned on Monday morning — and how. Four officers of the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), which had arrested a Delhi Police informer in mid-January, were 'gheraoed' and allegedly assaulted by incensed locals in southeast Delhi's Batla House area.

Sources said there was a ruckus when the officers of Maharashtra ATS tried to serve an 'illegal' notice on Taquee Ahmed, elder brother of Naquee Ahmed, who was arrested by the ATS on January 8 for his alleged involvement in the Mumbai serial blasts in July 2011.

"Around 11am, a Shahin Bagh resident informed us that a group of men were harassing residents on two-wheelers bearing UP numberplates," said a senior police officer.

"After 10 minutes, while we were on our way to the area, Taquee called up and said the same men were trying to forcibly take him away. The summons were not in a format that they should have been in," the officer said.

Under Section 160 of the Criminal Procedure Code (Cr.PC), the order empowers investigating officers to summon for questioning a person living within the regional jurisdiction of the police force concerned.

Shahin Bagh, where Taquee Ahmed runs a luggage showroom on Sarita Vihar Road, does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Maharatshtra ATS. So, sources said, the four officers were taken to the Jamia Nagar police station for 'discussions' and not 'formally detained'.

"The ATS officers told me that they had a summons to serve on me and that they had come personally to serve it because I did not deliberately receive one sent by them earlier. It was an illegal summons and they just wanted to forcibly take me away so, I called the police," Taquee said. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/14_02_pg-07a.jpg

On January 16, HT was the first to report about Naquee's arrest from his brother's luggage factory in central Mumbai's Byculla (east) by the ATS.

Naquee was allegedly helping a special team of the Delhi Police, which had been camping in Mumbai slums for more than a month, in getting their hands on the Indian Mujahideen's fugitive boss Shahrukh alias Yasin Bhatkal last month.

“There was no detention, the officials just went to the police station to confirm that they had served the said notice," said Ajay Chaudhary, ACP (southeast).