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Police pick up shop worker, claim he resembled snatching accused

The commissionerate police on Sunday picked up a worker employed with a shop from Phagwara Gate market in connection with a snatching incident that took place on May 28 at Mandi Road here.

punjab Updated: Jun 30, 2014 00:05 IST
Jatinder Kohli
Jatinder Kohli
Hindustan Times

The commissionerate police on Sunday picked up a worker employed with a shop from Phagwara Gate market in connection with a snatching incident that took place on May 28 at Mandi Road here.

After this, people held a protest against the police alleging highhandedness on the latter's part. The worker in question has been identified as Maqbool Masih (35).

On the other hand, the police refuted the allegations and claimed that Maqbool's face resembled with a snatching accused as told by the complainant in the case.

As soon as Maqbool was taken to the CIA staff office, people reached there and started protesting against the police.

Sensing trouble, senior officials reached there and pacified the protesters saying that they would let Maqbool off by evening if nothing suspicious was found against him.

Hours after interrogating him at the CIA staff office, the police released Maqbool in evening and asked him to appear on Monday for further investigations.

Naresh Kumar, the owner of Raju Cheese Corner where Maqbool works, said six policemen led by assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Kirpal Singh reached his shop and asked for lassi.

He said the policemen did not get a coupon first as is the practice at his shop and hence workers present there did not serve
them lassi.

Apparently enraged over this, the policemen started arguing with the workers present there, he claimed.

He further said when Maqbool delivered them lassi and asked for a payment of Rs 150, the policemen spoke rudely to him but paid the money and left.

After a while, the policemen again came to the shop and claimed that Maqbool's face resembled with an accused in purse snatching case as told by the complainant, Kumar added.

He said the policemen beat Maqbool up at the shop and took him along for interrogation

"Maqbool is working at my shop for the past 18 years and everyone knows him here. The CIA staff tortured innocent Maqbool for several hours for no reason," Kumar said.

He said Maqbool sustained injuries on various parts of his body which came to notice during his medical examination.

Inderjit Singh, in-charge, anti snatching wing of the commissionerate police, said, "Maqbool's face and clothes resembled with one of the snatching accused as revealed by the complainant to the police while making a sketch."

Three motorcycle-borne persons had snatched the purse of Kiran, a resident of Basti Guzan, at Mandi Road. An FIR was registered in this connection at the police station-3.

Singh refuted allegations that policemen misbehaved with Maqbool and others at the shop over payment of bill.

ASI Kirpal Singh, who was heading a team of policemen who picked Maqbool, was shifted from the police station division number-4 after he allegedly manhandled and threatened some photojournalists at gunpoint last year.

The ASI had got into an altercation with some photojournalists after they clicked pictures of a young couple the police had arrested from Nakodar Chowk.

First Published: Jun 30, 2014 00:04 IST