Published On:20 May 2012
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

Maharashtra Chief Minister urged to take action against Bhiwandi police for brutality on Bilal

By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: The members of Moderates group, a forum of civil society comprising of intellectuals cutting across the barriers of caste, creed and religion, have demanded the Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to take action against the erring policemen who first brutally beat up a youth Bilal Shaikh and when he came out of hospital after 10 days in ICU, he was slapped with false charges and sent to jail. The members of The Moderates group have also demanded enquiry into the entire case.

In a letter to the Chief Minister the members said: “We, the undersigned members of The Moderates, are shocked at the conduct of the Bhiwandi traffic police with Bilal Abdul Qadir Shaikh. According to newspaper reports, on May 2, he broke a signal and refused to pay a bribe of Rs. 200 demanded by two traffic constables. His daring to argue with them so angered the police that they abused and assaulted him on the road, and then in the Kongaon police station in Kalyan, so savagely that it resulted in permanent damage to his arm. No sooner was he out of hospital on May 14, with instructions of complete rest for 4 weeks, that the police slapped another charge on him, under Section 333 IPC (voluntary causing grievous hurt to deter public servant from his duty), ensuring that Shaikh was sent straight to jail”.

“This isn't the first time a Muslim has been first assaulted and then implicated in a false case by the Maharashtra police. Severe indictments by judicial commissions headed by judges of the stature of Justice D. P. Madon and Justice B. N. Srikrishna, detailing the anti-Muslim mindset of the Maharashtra police, seem to have had no effect on their conduct. Unless their political masters make it known that such conduct will be punished, the police is unlikely to change”, the letter further said.

Though an FIR was registered against the police, they were immediately released on bail and are back on duty. They have not even been suspended, the letter pointed out.
“We demand that the constables be suspended and an inquiry be held into the entire episode,” they said in the letter whose copy has also been sent to Home Minister of Maharashtra, National Human Rights Commission and National Commission for Minorities.

The signatories to the letter include Jyoti Punwani, Subhashini Ali, Dolphy D’Souza, Manisha Sethi, Sukla Sen, Deepa Kurup, Rebecca Kurian, Dr. Bandukwala, A. Faizur Rahman, Shahid Ali Khan, Ghulam Mohiyuddin, Mohammad Imran, Dr. Zaheer Ahmed Sayeed, Pervez Bari and Ghiasuddin Akbar.

[Pervez Bari is a senior Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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