About six school-going children were picked up by the police from Indraprastha Colony on Sunday.
Their only fault was they were either playing cricket or reading, in a community park. The issue triggered protests in the area with parents rushing to the police station.
Though the children were set free after senior police officers intervened, the incident will certainly have a deep impact on the personality of these children, say psychiatrists.
The incident occurred around 11am on Sunday when six children in the age-group of 12-15 were present in the Sector 30-33, Indraprastha Colony park. According to these children, a police vehicle appeared along with some members of the Residents' Welfare Association (RWA), Sector 30-33. The cops then dragged them to the vehicle and lodged them in Sector-31 police station.
Police said some RWA members had complained that kids playing in the park had damaged windowpanes in the locality. "Their fault was they were playing cricket; some were reading," said Anil Mittal, whose son Manik, a Class 10 student of MVN Faridabad, was one of the children picked up by police. "We were threatened to not play in the park," Manik said.
Ironically, those studying were also not spared. "I was reading my books when the cops took me to the police station," said Karan.
"When we came to know about the incident, we instructed the cops that the police station should not have been used to settle scores,” Parul Kush, DCP Central told HT. "The children were released immediately," she added.
"What happened should not have happened. I cannot rule out the involvement of some of our members in calling the police," said CN Kumar, President, Sector 30-33 RWA.
"The brush with the police at this age will certainly have an adverse impact on the personality of these minor children," said Dr Ashish Khandalwal, consultant, psychiatry, Metro Heart Institute, Faridabad.
Meanwhile, parents of the children lodged a complaint with the Faridabad police commissioner, demanding stern action against errant cops.