Police: Protectors of Citizens or ?

These are just three  samples of Police activity from UP & Punjab and Delhi.  The news was carried in  papers on a single day.

You can judge for yourself how secure you are.

Thank your stars for the brave newspaper correspondents who follow up such stories and the TOI for publishing and bringing to public notice the state of affairs.

These reporters deserve to be congratulated for their bravery too.P cops in contract killing racket: 2 murders in Gzb

Constable And Informer Arrested But SOG Officer On The Run,

Police Suspect Murders Passed Off As Encounter Deaths

‘ Absconding’ MLA attends BSP meet

By Piyush Srivastava in Lucknow

A BAHUJAN Samaj Party (BSP) legislator, who the Uttar Pradesh Police claim is absconding, was seen attending a rally in Badaun. Yogendra Sagar, the MLA from Bilsi in Badaun district, has a non-bailable warrant pending against him on charges of kidnapping and rape.

Punjab cops hound whistleblower

Family, Friends Also Harassed After Complaint Against Employer

UP cops in contract killing racket: 2 murders in Gzb

Constable And Informer Arrested But SOG Officer On The Run,

Police Suspect Murders Passed Off As Encounter Deaths

Dwaipayan Ghosh | TNN

Ghaziabad: In yet another instance of police-property dealer nexus, the cops in Ghaziabad have arrested a constable of Special Operations Group (SOG) of UP Police posted at Baghpat along with an ‘‘informer’’ and a property dealer for allegedly killing two property dealers on June 7.
Investigations revealed that a senior SOG officer — who recently got an out-of-turn promotion for ‘‘bravery’’ — is also involved in the crime. The accused officer is absconding.
‘‘The police informer doubled up as a sharpshooter. We believe the group is involved in several contract killings. We, therefore, cannot rule out the possibility that some of these murders were presented as fake encounters,’’ said a Hapur police officer.
According to SSP (Ghaziabad) Raghuvir Lal, the Loni police found two bullet -ridden bodies on June 7. The deceased were later identified as Sanjeev Sharma and Prakash Chandra Khanna of Loni. While Sharma’s body was found inside a Maruti Zen, Khanna’s body was found lying near the car. ‘‘Seven bullets fired from a foreign-made weapon were found lodged in the victims’ bodies,’’ said Lal.
Sharma’s brother then lodged an FIR claiming that another property dealer and two of his associates were behind the murders. ‘‘After the three men were interrogated, police found that they were falsely implicated. Then we shifted our attention to the sharpshooters active in the area,’’ said the SSP.
After interrogating some sharpshooters lodged in jail who are now ‘‘inactive’’, the Hapur police came across the name of one Sandeep Bainsal, who besides being a sharpshooter was an informer for SOG and Baghpat police. ‘‘We raided his house as well those of his acquaintances and found a Springfield rifle (worth Rs 2.60 lakh), a foreign pistol, a country-made revolver and 20 rounds of ammunition. A car used in the crime was also recovered,” said the SSP.
‘‘During the probe it was found that one Azad Bainsal, a property dealer, had an enmity with Sharma. Azad felt that Sharma (who also had criminal cases against him) would murder him. So he called Sandeep, a relative, to Ghaziabad and gave him the ‘‘contract’’ to kill Sharma,’’ said SSP Lal.
Police claimed that Azad and Sandeep followed Sharma for three days. Azad bought a car for Sandeep and procured the weapon for him from Noida. He then left for Bangkok on June 5 and returned on June 9 so that police do not suspect him.

Sandeep then contacted the SOG officer, Abdul, and a constable, Praveen. ‘‘Sometimes back, following Sandeep’s information, the two policemen were involved in an encounter at Baghpat after which Abdul got an out-of-turn promotion. In the present case, Sandeep asked the two cops to join him. A fifth accused, Chahat, also joined the gang,’’ said Anil Kaparia, chief investigating officer.

Police claimed that on June 7, the accused followed the victims from Ghaziabad to Delhi and stopped Sharma’s car at Seemapuri crossing in Delhi and forced themselves into the car claiming they were from the UP SOG and Delhi Police’s special cell. The four accused then took the two property dealers to a lonely place at Zavli Road, 15 km away from Seemapuri, and shot them from point blank range. ‘‘Khanna was killed because he was an eyewitness to the crime,’’ said the SSP.

Cops said that while Sandeep, Praveen and Azad have been arrested, two other accused — Abdul and Chahat — are still roaming free. Police have announced a reward of Rs 15,000 for information about their whereabouts. The SSP said that the Hapur police was given a reward of Rs 15,000 for their good work.
‘‘Several other murder cases in which property dealers are involved may be reopend now,’’ claimed Lal.

DEADLY NEXUS: A property dealer was arrested along with a constable and an informer; (right) police seized a Springfield rifle (worth Rs 2.60 lakh), a foreign pistol and 20 rounds of ammunition

‘ Absconding’ MLA attends BSP meet

By Piyush Srivastava in Lucknow

A BAHUJAN Samaj Party (BSP) legislator, who the Uttar Pradesh Police claim is absconding, was seen attending a rally in Badaun. Yogendra Sagar, the MLA from Bilsi in Badaun district, has a non-bailable warrant pending against him on charges of kidnapping and rape.

But that does not stop him from organising and addressing public meetings in his constituency.

The Crime Branch Criminal Investigation Department (CBCID) had submitted a chargesheet four months ago leading to a lower court issuing a non-bailable warrant against him on April 28, 2010.

The police had stated in the court in August 2009 that he couldn’t be arrested because he was untraceable and absconding. But Sagar was present at a BSP programme on Tuesday (June 6) at Mission Compound in Badaun town where he also addressed a public meeting.

He was present at the meeting for nearly four hours even as Badaun district judge Anil Kumar Agrawal turned down his review plea against the non-bailable warrant on the same day, filed through one of his aides Om Krishna.

Eighteen-year-old Reoti Sharma (name changed), an undergraduate from Badaun, was kidnapped allegedly by one of the MLA’s relatives on April 23, 2008 while she was on her way to college to appear in an examination.

Her father Kuldeep Kishore had registered an unnamed FIR on April 24, 2008 and the police had found the girl from Muzaffarnagar railway station on May 16.

The girl in her statement before a magistrate had alleged that Sagar, his relative Tejendra Sagar, aide Minu Sharma and three others took her to several places including Lucknow and Delhi, kept her in a semi-conscious state by forcibly injecting a drug and repeatedly raped her.

The police gave in to public pressure and registered an FIR against Sagar and two of his named accomplices on May 20, 2008.

The father of the victim had alleged that the police were trying to protect the MLA and claimed that his daughter was found in a house belonging to a henchman of the MLA in Muzaffarnagar.

“ They were trying to sell her to a brothel owner in Muzaffarnagar,” he had alleged.

Under public pressure chief minister Mayawati ordered a CBCID inquiry on July 7, 2008.

In August 2009, the court issued a bailable warrant against him but he neither applied for bail nor appeared in court.

Sagar continued to ignore the court even after the CBCID submitted its chargesheet in February 2009 and a non- bailable warrant was issued against him.

While the MLA refused to talk to the media, senior superintendent of police D. K. Thakur expressed his ignorance about the presence of the MLA in Badaun and the case pending against him. “ I don’t have any idea about the warrant,” Thakur said.

“ The MLA never appeared before the court. Even the review petition was filed on his behalf by one of his henchmen after 90 days of issuance of the non- bailable warrant. The police cannot dare to follow the court’s instruction and arrest him because he is very powerful. So the police have submitted before the court that he is absconding,” Arvind Kumar Sharma, the counsel for the victim, said.

piyush. srivastava@ mailtoday. in

Punjab cops hound whistleblower

Family, Friends Also Harassed After Complaint Against Employer

Josy Joseph & Pradeep Thakur | TNN

New Delhi: A whistleblower’s life has turned into a nightmare. Not just him, his family and another young man who protested against his persecution are being hounded by the Punjab Police on the basis of a complaint filed by Jay Polychem — a politically influential company against
whom whistleblower Samdeep Mohan Varghese complained, citing instances of money laundering, circular trading in diamonds and other financial irregularities.

In November 2009, Varghese — himself an employee of Jay Polychem — reported the alleged illegal activities of the company to the authorities in India and Singapore. Ever since, he has moved to Singapore, fearing that he will face arrest, and worse, if he were to return.

His elderly mother, Mariamma Mathew, has been in hiding in fear of the Punjab Police which reached Kochi to arrest her. And a former associate of Varghese — an HIV patient, Rajesh (name changed) — was picked up from Mumbai, taken to Rajpura in Punjab, and allegedly tortured.

The Punjab Police’s hyper-activity is on account of a complaint filed by a director of the Delhi-based company in Rajpura, accusing Varghese and others of registering a website, www.jaypolychem, and putting up defamatory information about the company. This was on November 30, 2009, nine days after the domain name was booked, and soon after Varghese complained to the authorities.

On February 5, 2010, the Rajpura police filed an FIR against Varghese on the basis of Jay Polychem’s complaint. Soon, it reached Kochi, forcing Varghese’s mother to go to the court seeking anticipatory bail. On June 11, the Kerala High Court granted her plea while dismissing the FIR as containing ‘‘only general and vague allegations.’’

This, however, has not dampened Punjab Police’s enthusiasm. Nor has the fact that Jay Polychem itself is being investigated by central agencies, including the I-T department, DRI and Enforcement Directorate, for alleged financial frauds such as money laundering. The agencies have been asked by the Delhi High Court to report back on the probe.

The Rajpura police also reached Mumbai to track down Rajesh. Early on February 14, a posse of policemen picked him up and took him to Rajpura. Rajesh told TOI, ‘‘They beat me with belts and tortured me. They wanted me to admit to things that I didn’t understand. They kept asking me about Samdeep.’’ According to Rajesh, Sandeep Madhok, one of the promoters of Jay Polychem, was also present during the torture sessions.

Protectors Turn Tormentors?

Nov 2009: Samdeep Mohan Varghese reports alleged illegal activities of his employer, Jay Polychem. Later, flees to Singapore
Feb 5, 2010: Rajpura (Punjab) police files FIR against Varghese on the basis of a complaint by a director of Jay Polychem
Feb 14: Policemen track down an associate of Varghese, Rajesh, in Mumbai. They take him to Rajpura and allegedly torture him
June 11: Kerala HC grants anticipatory bail to Varghese’s elderly mother, Mariamma Mathew; says the FIR contains only ‘‘general and vague allegations’’. Mariamma has been hiding after Punjab Police cops arrived in Kochi to arrest her
Jan 2010: Another employee of Jay Polychem, Amardeep Singh, allegedly beaten by promoters for being in touch with Varghese
Feb 9: Amardeep picked up by Punjab cops and allegedly tortured. His wife, sister and brother-in-law all named as accused in the case which was originally filed in his name ‘Jay Polychem has close links with top Punjab political family’
Varghese spoke to TOI from Singapore to narrate a story of the gray world of diamonds, circular trading and money laundering — how the company was moving diamonds around, fictitiously showing value addition at each stage, to pump in crores of rupees of dodgy money into the banking system.

Varghese also claimed that Jay Polychem was close to a top Punjab political family. This is why the Punjab Police has become so active, he said. ‘All this torture and harassment of innocent people is only to get their hands on me and take me to Punjab,’’ he said.

On June 17, TOI met Jay Polychem promoter Sandeep Madhok at his well-appointed office in Delhi’s Defence Colony. Madhok rejected all the charges, accusing those named in the FIR of conspiring to destroy his company. When asked for the specifics of the conspiracy, he didn’t give any. He promised to send a written statement which he hasn’t till date, despite repeated reminders.

Asked why the complaint against Varghese was lodged in Rajpura and not in Delhi, where the company is based, Madhok said the offending website was noticed by one of the directors of the company while on a business trip to Rajpura. That is why the case was registered in Rajpura, he said. Madhok also denied that officers of Punjab Police have been traveling around the country on his company’s expense. When TOI drew his attention to documents that show the travel agency used by Jay Polychem, the Green Parkbased Nickair Inc, had arranged the stay of Punjab Police DSP Manmohan Sharma at Gateway Hotel in Kochi and his travel there, Madhok simply waved off the suggestion.

Parallel to Varghese’s story is that of another young man, Amardeep Singh, who too worked for Jay Polychem. In November 2009, he was asked to sign some papers, which he did without proper verification. These papers were made into a civil suit against Varghese and then an FIR against him. ‘‘Once I learnt of the false complaints filed against Samdeep in my name, I decided to resign from the company and started looking for a job,’’ says Amardeep.

In January, Sandeep Madhok and his brother Satinder summoned Amardeep to their office in Defence Colony. ‘‘They beat me up with leather belts. They kept abusing me for telling Samdeep about the (company’s) complaint against him and for being in touch with him,’’ Singh said. ‘‘They took away my iPhone and another mobile handset.’’

The horror for Singh was just beginning. On February 9, a posse of Punjab Police landed up at his house. Not just Singh, but his wife, sister and brother-in-law were all named as accused in the case which was originally filed in his name. ‘‘They took me to the Rajpura police station. They tortured me there,’’ says Singh. Sandeep Madhok was present during the torture sessions, he says.

At 2am next morning, he claims, DIG S K Asthana, the local SHO and other officials landed up at the police station and tortured him again, threatening to file more cases against him. Amardeep and his family were neighbours of the Madhoks till 10 years ago, when fortune plucked the latter from the middle-class Lajpat Nagar to the tony Defence Colony.

‘‘They (the Madhoks) employed Amardeep, saying they would look after him like their son,’’ said his mother as she struggled to hold back her tears when TOI met her on the outskirts of Delhi where she has been staying with a relative for the past several months.

Interestingly, the DIG of Patiala range, S K Asthana has in the past been accused of custodial death, castigated by the high court and transferred out by the Election Commission before the last Lok Sabha polls for alleged bias against the Congress party. When TOI spoke to him a few weeks ago, he suggested that the reporter ask Varghese to come down to Punjab and cooperate with the police. ‘‘I don’t care about what you write in your paper,’’ he added.
Varghese reacted to this, saying: ‘‘First through the police and then through lawyers, they have been asking me to withdraw my complaints and reach a ‘compromise’ with the company. When that failed, they unleashed torture and other harassments on anyone who knows me. Now I fear for my life.’’ There has been no response to a detailed questionnaire sent on May 18 to the Punjab DGP P S Gill. TOI has sent repeated reminders to his staff officer, who has now stopped answering the phone calls.