Two Delhi cops who made hoax calls about killing Kejriwal, terror attack suspended
Two constables of Delhi Police have been suspended for making hoax calls. The cop, who threatened attack by Lashkar-e-Taiba, is undergoing mental treatment. Another constable says he was drunk when he called to say Arvind Kejriwal will be killed.Updated: Jun 10, 2017 16:48 IST
Late on June 1, Delhi Police’s 100 helpline received a call from a man who threatened to kill chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. The caller refused to identify himself, and triggered a protocol mobilising teams of the police and the intelligence bureau.
Soon, Delhi Police realised the caller was one of their own: constable Vikas posted with the seventh battalion of Delhi’s armed police. And the threat was a hoax.
Vikas’s prank call was not the first to have been made by a cop in recent weeks.
On May 19, another constable called up the 100 helpline threatening an attack.
The constable was identified as Surjan Meena, who pretended to be a Lashkar-e-Taiba militant and said there would be a terror strike in the Capital.
“Meena was already under suspension for making two similar bogus calls in the past,” said Mandeep Singh Randhawa, deputy commissioner of police (central).
Meena had in the previous calls threatened to kill two senior policemen, one of them being his station house officer. He made the latest call — with the terror hoax — from the phone of a colleague, identified as Dharmendra.
“On the day Meena made the bogus call, the two had come to meet their colleagues at the Patel Nagar police station. During the call, he claimed that he had earlier killed a police commissioner and this time he will carry out a blast in Delhi,” said a police officer.
Surjan and Dharmendra were posted in the Patel Nagar police station and were recently transferred. While Dharmendra was transferred to Ranjit Nagar police station, Meena was posted at the Rajouri Garden station.
Sources said Meena may be battling a mental illness. He was sent for a psychological evaluation when the calls came to light, and is likely to be evaluated by doctors further.
For Vikas, the cop who threatened to kill Kejriwal, the motive appears to be intoxication.
“He initially tried to mislead officials by claiming the call was made by an unknown person whom he gave a lift on his motorcycle. He said the rider borrowed his mobile phone to make an emergency call,” sources said.
But grilled harder, Vikas accepted that it was him who made the call.
He told officials that he was heavily drunk after a domestic quarrel. “The quarrel had affected him mentally. He decided to vent his frustration by sending the police on a wild goose chase,” said an investigator, adding that there was no evidence that he planned to harm the chief minister.
Vikas too has been suspended and is facing a departmental inquiry.
First Published: Jun 07, 2017 13:01 IST