Bhondsi violence: Cops in the dock over arrest of adult
The man was one of the eight arrested in connection with the vandalism at Bhondsi on January 24gurgaon Updated: Feb 16, 2018 22:14 IST
The Juvenile justice board (JJB), Gurgaon, on Friday sought action against some officers of the Bhondsi police for arresting an adult in connection with the vandalism and violence on January 24 and producing him before the board as a ‘minor’.
The man was one of the eight arrested after a school bus was pelted with stones and a state bus was torched by a mob seeking a ban on the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmaavat.
The board had earlier issued a show cause notice to station house officer (SHO) of Bhondsi police station, seeking why action shouldn’t be taken against erring officers for arresting an ‘adult’ and presenting him as a ‘minor’ before the board. A communication was also sent to the city police commissioner recommending that the errant officers be held to account and departmental action be initiated against them and the board be kept in the loop.
In his order, Davender Singh, principal magistrate of the JJ Board, said that the social investigation report on Aman, one of those apprehended in connection with the Bhondsi violence, shows that he is not a minor and hence, cannot remain in the Faridabad observation home where the juveniles are lodged. The report was prepared by Nisha Saini, the legal-cum-probation officer. The magistrate ordered Aman to be transferred to Bhondsi district jail.
“It (the social investigation report) clearly shows that at the time of the incident, age of Aman was more than 18 years but despite that, he was produced before the board as a juvenile (and) that too without any verification regarding his age. It clearly shows the casual approach of (the) police regarding the arrest of a major offender (sic),” read the order.
The magistrate also said that the act and conduct of the investigation officer shows grave negligence and also amounts to dereliction of duty.
A copy of the order was sent to the Gurgaon police commissioner recommending necessary departmental action against erring officers.
The show cause notice issued to the Bhondsi SHO on February 9 asked him to explain the circumstances under which the 21-year-old B.Sc final year student was arrested in connection with the violence and produced as a 16-year-old.
The SHO appeared before the board on February 14 and submitted that the accused had posed as a minor and had claimed to be 16 years of age.
Sandeep Khirwar, Gurgaon police commissioner, said appropriate legal action would be taken after scrutinising the order.
First Published: Feb 16, 2018 22:14 IST