A criminal case has been registered on the orders of a city court against a former Station House Officer (SHO) and a Head Constable on charges of allegedly grabbing the land of a Nihal Vihar resident in west Delhi.
The incident took place in February 2009 when the then SHO of the area, Suresh Kaushik, allegedly connived with the local land mafia and usurped the land of one Bhupender Yadav. The land had been lying vacant for the past 50 years.
“Earlier, it was an agricultural land. When it was converted into a residential area this plot was left unoccupied. Some local residents who had been eyeing the property connived with the SHO and illegally constructed a boundary wall,” said Yadav.
Yadav approached a city court after which cases under several sections of hurt, cheating and criminal conspiracy were registered at the Nihal Vihar police station on July 13 against the SHO and three others, Satish Singh, Prem Babu Sharma and Head Constable Pradeep. Yadav alleged that when he went to the SHO to complain about the matter, he was threatened.
“When I objected to the construction of the boundary wall on my plot, Singh and Sharma left the scene but promised to return. They came back with a posse of policemen and the SHO, in civvies, threatened us,” said Yadav.
He alleged that one of his uncles was beaten and locked up by the SHO.
“It took us more than a year to get ourselves heard. The SHO kept threatening us on phone,” said Yadav. He also complained to the area deputy commissioner of police after which a vigilance enquiry was initiated against the SHO and he was transferred.