To bridge gap, Delhi cops organise iftar party
The Delhi Police hosted an Iftar party for the residents of Jamia Nagar on Thursday as a confidence-building measure.delhi Updated: Aug 09, 2013 00:55 IST
The Delhi Police hosted an Iftar party for the residents of Jamia Nagar on Thursday as a confidence-building measure.
The relations between the Police and the residents had soured after Shahzad was awarded life sentence for the murder of Inspector MC Sharma in the Batla House encounter. They had even protested outside the Jamia Nagar police station after the verdict.
To ease the tension, the police thought of hosting an Iftar party. “Time was running out as Eid is on Friday. We keep organising citizen-centric initiatives for locals but after the verdict, we felt there was a need to bridge the gap,” said a senior police officer, on the condition of anonymity.
Many senior police officers had been pressing the local police to organize the event at the earliest.
The initiative received a good response as nearly 200 locals turned up at the programme hosted at Nehru guesthouse in Jamia Millia Islamia despite the late invite. The SHO of Jamia Nagar could invite the locals through SMS only on Wednesday morning, the day of the party.
Those who attended the event said it was a step in the right direction.
“We are not against anyone and welcome the police’s move. But at the same time we are not ready to believe their theory of the Batla House encounter. But we have to move on. Relations between police and locals have to be cordial to ensure peace in the society and are ready to extend all our support to the police,” Shahriar Khan, a resident of the area, said.
The Delhi Police have been taking several initiatives to reach out to the residents of Jamia Nagar. In the past, there have been instances of policemen being roughed up by locals when they tried to carry out a raid.
Last year, with the help of an NGO, the Delhi Police had opened a public library in the Jamia Nagar police station.