Uttarakhand Police Complaint Authority issue notices to Doon police on Clementown looting, demolition case
Dehradun, Jan 27
Uttarakhand Police Complaints Authority taking cognizance of the complaint lodged by Kusum Kapoor, wife of a deceased Naval officer, whose house was allegedly looted and razed to the ground by the land mafia in alleged connivance with the local police, has issued notices to the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Dehradun. The police officials have been asked to give their reply to the notices before February 3, 2022, which is the next date of hearing of the case.
Uttarakhand Police Complaints Authority at it’s meeting held on January 25, 2022 held under the chairmanship of Justice B. S. Verma (retd), Girdhar Singh Dharamsaktu, Jagat Ram Joshi and R.S. Raghav issued notices on the complaint.
The British era house of a deceased naval officer in Clementown area of Dehradun city was razed to the ground and all the belongings looted by the land mafia in alleged connivance with the police. Kusum Kapoor, wife of the deceased naval officer was residing in the said property with her mentally challenged daughter and had gone to NOIDA on January 7, 2022 for some work when her house was raided and demolished.
Kusum Kapoor told media persons that she was informed by her neighbours on telephone on January 12, 2022 that her house is being demolished with the help of JCB machines and tractors. Giving details of her property, she informed that the maternal uncle of her husband Mohinder Malik had purchased the property in 1996 and allowed her husband Commander V.K. Kapur to reside and look after the property.
Kusum Kapoor said that on getting information about the incident she contacted local police official on phone who assured her of action but to her shock and surprise when she reached Dehradun after five hours , the demolition was going on brazenly. On reaching the police station, The incharge of Clementown police station ,Narendra Gehlot rebuked the hapless women and threatened to register cases against them and did not help. In absence of any relief, she went to the residence of Senior Superindent of Police ,Dehradun Janmejay Khanduri on January 13, 2022 where she had to wait for four hours to get an audience with the district police chief. She was asked to come to the office the next day. She had to again wait till evening from morning to meet the SSP. He assured to inquire into the issue and did nothing.
Finally, after running from pillar to post, she finally went to meet Ashok Kumar, Director General of Police, Uttarakhand who ordered an inquiry into the case and ordered that a case be registered against the alleged culprits. An FIR was registered under sections 147, 452,447,427,323, 506 of the IPC.
The Uttarakhand Police Complaint Authority to cognizance against police officials of Dehradun police for abetting offence,delaying the registration of FIR, registration of FIR after much persuasion in milder sections, not conducting effective investigation and misconduct. Already, the station incharge of Clementown police station has been placed under suspension bythe DGP. However, no arrest has been made till date in the case.