A city court has ordered filing of a criminal case against seven Uttar Pradesh (UP) policemen for abducting a man in June last year.
The policemen had illegally held the small-time grocery shop owner Naushad Mohammed for several days before framing him in Arms Act and various other criminal charges.
His father pleaded in court that he was arrested without any warrants, and fought a year-long legal battle to get a complaint registered against the policemen.
Mohammed was taken from his house in a UP police van on June 16, 2009. His father, Noor Mohammed, told the court that his son was abducted at the behest of SHO (Station Head Officer) of police station Surajpur, UP, who demanded Rs 50,000 to free him.
“Rather paying I decided to file a case in court against the illegal act of these policemen," the father said in court. He told the court that he is a poor man who has exhausted all his saving in the case. Moreover, he is also fighting a case in UP where was Mohammed was framed in several cases by the policemen who abducted him.
Metropolitan Magistrate Devender Jangala said, "It's a classic case of policemen misusing their legal powers. The allegations levelled by the complainant disclose commission of cognisable offence."
The court noted that Naushad was shown as arrested on June 19, 2009, at 5.30 p.m., but his father had already filed an application regarding wrongful confinement and illegal detention in court in the morning same day.
The court considered the report submitted by Deputy Commissioner (southeast) which said Naushad was arrested on the said date.
His father, however, had placed on record various complaints, fax and telegrams on his son's behalf regarding illegal confinement.
He alleged that police officers at Jaitpur refused to register an FIR against the UP policemen.
"Considering the facts and circumstances, the SHO police station Jaitpur is directed to register the FIR for wrongful detention and wrongful confinement of son of the complainant," the court said.