Khoda riot lays bare claim of co-ordination among cops
Trust issue? Sources say Delhi police disappointed that Uttar Pradesh police did not send even a single policemen to control violence near Mayur Vihar Phase III.delhi Updated: Sep 15, 2012 23:27 IST
A meeting of the police forces of Delhi and other states over controlling inter-state crime turned out to be a farce when lack of co-ordination between policemen from Uttar Pradesh (UP) and the Capital aggravated the recent Mayur Vihar riots.
Having learnt lessons from their Uttar Pradesh counterparts, senior officials of the Delhi police are going to raise the issue in the next interstate co-ordination meeting in November.
Sanjay Kumar Jain, deputy commissioner of police (crime), said, “Since the inter-state meeting will be an open forum, we will raise the issue of lack of co-ordination from the UP police in controlling the Mayur Vihar riots.”
Sources said Delhi police officers were disappointed with their UP counterparts who did not send a single policeman to rein in troublemakers in the state’s Khoda village on the evening of September 2.
Senior Delhi police officers were further disappointed when despite their requests to impose curfew in Khoda village the next day, there was no move to arrest troublemakers. The same miscreants created ruckus and pelted stones on Delhi police personnel.
According to police officers who were at the Mayur Vihar Phase III post, no help came from the UP police in managing the situation, even though the people behind aggravating the situation belonged to the Khoda village, which is in the territorial jurisdiction of Ghaziabad police.
“Almost half an hour after Kamruddin, the drunk scooterist who had fallen accidentally on the road, sparking a rumour in Khoda, his native village, that he died after being assaulted by a policeman, was taken to hospital, a crowd from the Khoda colony spilled on to the streets and threw stones and damaged vehicles,” said a police officer.
Senior officers said as there was no support from their UP counterparts and their officers were not aware of the topography of Khoda village, they could not enter the village and arrest the miscreants who had even torched a petrol pump and a CNG station late in the night. On the contrary, the officers of UP police claimed that the Delhi police officials did not reach the interiors of Khoda colony fearing attack from the villagers.
Prashant Kumar, senior superintendent of police, Ghaziabad, said, “Which law stops Delhi police from taking action against miscreants who ran towards Khoda village? We can’t separate state borders with a wall. UP police co-operates with the Delhi police and are ready to face any questions on the issue.”