The Delhi Police have taken measures to keep a strict watch on raids conducted by one of its elite units to prevent “extortion and corruption”.
The move comes after Hindustan Times revealed how two head constables attached to the crime branch conducted a fake raid at a businessman’s house in north Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar and detained him illegally.
The police have now made it mandatory for crime branch officials to keep a log of the raids that are being conducted by the unit. Officers of the elite unit will now have to make an entry at their office before going on a raid. They will also have to furnish complete details of an operation before leaving the office.
On July 5, HT had reported how two head constables of the anti-robbery wing of the crime branch conducted an illegal raid. A departmental inquiry was ordered against them, and now senior officers of the crime branch have decided to take preventive measures to nip the trend in the bud.
“This will prevent cases of extortion and corruption. The team going on a raid will have to mention the details in the diary kept at their office. They must mention the place where they are going to raid and on whose information the raid is being conducted,” said a senior police officer, requesting anonymity.
However, the order to reveal details of the source has irked many inspectors. “No where are you supposed to reveal the name of your source. An informer is a crucial part of any operation and revealing his identity will go against him. This order will curb our freedom,” an inspector said.
A senior police officer, who was earlier associated with the crime branch, said that one needed to give freedom, to get the best out of your staff. “We understand that a close watch is required on the staff otherwise they will indulge in extortion. But senior officers have to give them some freedom too as putting restrictions on them will affect their working,” he said.