37-year-old woman from Jaitpur in southeast Delhi claims the police official did this at behest of her tenant
Rachna Devi (name changed) claims she has lost her house, valuables and money. But more importantly she has lost faith in the law. The Jaitpur resident alleges she was molested, beaten and then thrown out of her own home by the local Station House Officer (SHO). She has now got a complaint registered with the National Commission of Woman (NCW).
Nowhere to go: The victim (above) claims cops threw her family and
their belongings out of the house on July 3 and since then they are
forced to live with their relatives in Kalkaji. Pic/Mid Day
The victim lives in Om Nagar area of Jaitpur. She has alleged that cops misbehaved with her up at the behest of her tenant. Police sources said that Rachna has a tiff with her tenant Manju Devi. The incident came into light on July 3 when Manju made a PCR call and reported that her house was usurped by Rachna. After that the police reached the spot and asked Rachna to vacate the place. When she refused to comply the cops allegedly threw her and her belongings out of the house.
In the dark: Police allegedly evicted the woman and her family with
their belongings after a complaint by her 'tenant'. Pic/Mid Day
"I purchased the house from Kartar Singh, who was the owner of this property, and then started living in that house with my family. Manju lived in a separate room on the same floor. On July 3 at around 5pm, the police came to my residence and forced me to leave the house in the absence of my husband Bhalesingh Bhati (who is working in Delhi Jal Board as a worker) without any prior notice. When I confronted the SHO asking for reasons he said that the house did not belong to me. I even produced original documents of the house but in spite of checking the papers he threatened and molested me. The police called for a Tata truck and around 20-25 constables from the police station. Our belongings were forcibly thrown out and loaded onto the truck," said Rachna Devi.
She also said that the entire incident occurred with the support of a person named Vishnu, who claims to be a traffic head constable and uses his clout to threaten people living in the vicinity. Another woman, Anju Devi is also allegedly involved in the planning and execution of the event. The family is now living with their relatives in Kalkaji, but their clothes, jewellery and other belongings have been allegedly been taken away by the police.
"On July 1, I went to visit my relatives when Rachna Devi broke the locks of the house and thrown my belongings outside. When I got to know that I immediately called up the police and after that police took appropriate action. It was my house and she forcibly entered into it," said Manju Devi.
"Manju, wife of Bechan Singh had mortgaged her property to Jaibhagwan in lieu of Rs 7,85,000. But Manju and her husband could not repay the amount. Jai Bhagwan was demanding his money back. In the meantime Manju and her husband took a loan of the exact amount from a person named Kartar Singh who lives in the neighborhood. Manju promised Kartar to repay his money by June 30," said the additional commissioner of police, southeast district, Ajay Chaudhary.
Excesses by cops
On June 9 last year, a lady complained to the commissioner of police about torture in the Rajouri Garden police post in West Delhi. The lady alleged that she was told to strip in front of his 12 year old son on May 22nd and then the cops asked her to have sex with her son. The cops were investigating a theft case and two sons of the victim were accused in the case. MiD DAY was the first to report the incident. The victims were allegedly beaten up mercilessly the police post. After the reports in MiD DAY 4 cops were suspended.
An auto driver in Delhi has alleged that the police bent the law to get information out of him about the accused in the DU student gang rape case on November 3, 2010. The victim was a neighbour of a suspect and the cops allegedly beat him up on November 15 to get the address of the accused. The victim, Wasim, had a fractured arm, allegedly because of the torture. The cops didn't react to the PCR call made by the victim's
wife and Wasim went back home even after having a medical test.
The Other Side
The Addl CP said that on June 30, Manju went to meet her relatives. Rachna Devi her neighbour paid her a visit at that time. She did not find anyone in the house. "Rachna then broke the lock of the house and started living their illegally. When Manju returned back she found that Rachna had encroached upon her house. She then called the police, and action was taken accordingly. The lady was not molested by police officials and cops also have video evidence regarding the matter" said the official.