(July 18th, 2012): A large number of residents of Jamia Nagar in New Delhi protested on Wednesday against the arrest of Zubair Khan, whom the Crime Branch arrested on Tuesday from Kalindi Kunj Park on the charge of spying for Pakistan, by blocking the Noida-Badarpur highway for several hours resulting in a huge traffic jam in the afternoon. The crowd relented only after Additional Commissioner of Police (South-East) Ajay Chaudhry promised to take up the issue with the authorities concerned.
When APCR got information of his disappearance at 12:30 A.M. APCR approached Local Police Station and managed to filed a complaint by his family about abduction. In the same night APCR had a meeting with S.H.O. of Jamia Nagar. He was traced in different Police Stations and Agencies. At 2:00 a.m. APCR got information of illegal detention of Zubair by R.K.Puram Crime Branch u/s of Official Secrets Act 3/9.
No information of arrest was provided to his family/friends or Local Police Station.So we decided to Protest against this illegal act by a law enforcement agency.Next Day APCR with 200 protesters protested at Jamia Nagar Thana and blocked the road for 3 hours demanding registration of FIR against the culprit police officers and held meeting with the Additional Commissioner of Police on the issue. Administration was not ready to do so. After that APCR with two thousands protesters blocked the Delhi-UP highway for two and half hours. Then ACP Ajai Chaudhary came and promised that he himself will investigate the matter and punish the guilty officers.
After his promise the blockade was removed. Local MLA Councillors and other leaders were also with APCR from the beginning.
Zubair Khan, a resident of Kakrala village in Uttar Pradesh, was kidnapped by Delhi Police in a suspicious way, without following any rule and discipline strictly laid down by Supreme Court for arresting. Arrest procedures are also described in Criminal Procedure Code (Cr.P.C.) in detail, but are completely disregarded by Delhi Police in almost all cases. Khan has been booked under the Official Secrets Act.
However, Khan’s family members said that he worked for a property dealer at Shaheen Bagh and have refuted the police claim of him being a Pakistani spy. The family has filed a complaint at the Jamia Nagar police station alleging that Khan’s arrest was illegal. ‘It is a completely shocking, unbelievable and baseless claim. It is unbelievable because anybody who knows my brother will know that he is a poor man whose only concern is to earn some money for his family.’
APCR team with Local human rights activist who participated in the protest termed the arrest ‘a witchhunt against Muslims’.
Syed Akhlaque Ahmad of the Association for Protection of Civil Rights said: ‘It is not an isolated incident. It seems to be part of series of illegal and baseless arrests of Muslim youths done by police. As per our information, the local police was not informed before making the arrest, which is a violation of law. This only shows that law enforcement authorities have turned into violators of law themselves.’