Cops book organiser of political event where senior cop recited poems
While cops were patrolling on New Year's Eve, Addl Commissioner of Police Qaiser Khalid performed at a mushaira held by the party; the organisers were booked for breaking deadline, for use of loudspeakers and for causing noise pollution
On New Year’s Eve, when the 47,000-strong army of police personnel were manning the streets to keep them free of crime, one of the senior-most officers in the force, Qaiser Khalid, additional commissioner of police of the eastern region, was regaling an auditorium full of rapt listeners with his poetry, at a function organised by the Samajwadi Party (SP).
While this bit of information doesn’t shed particularly good light on the senior cop, the fact that the event organisers have been booked by the local police for breaking several rules related to noise pollution in the city makes the cop’s participation in the programme even more ironic. According to eyewitnesses, Khalid was seen giving speeches and sharing his poems from the dais. The invitation sent out by the party listed Khalid as one of the poets featured in the event. “He (Qaiser Khalid) was one of the poets, but he left immediately after the recital,” confirmed SP’s Mumbai chief Abu Asim Azmi.
The Shivaji Nagar police have now booked the organisers of the mushaira (Urdu poetry session) that was arranged by SP at Sahu Maidan for exceeding the 12 am deadline, for use of loudspeakers and also violating the noise limit in the city. Asked about the police action, Azmi defended the organisers, saying, “In a city like Mumbai, you have a deadline of 5 am for hotels, dance bars and pubs, but an educative programme has a deadline of 12 midnight. When the ruling party arranges such programmes, they are exempted from the deadlines.”
The event, which is an annual affair and is attended by thousands, involves massive police bandobast and organisers have been booked several times by the Shivaji Nagar police for violating deadlines. Like every year, the city chief of Samajwadi Party Abu Asim Azmi, and corporator Ashraf Azmi attended the programme.“Despite the 12 am deadline, the programme continued till 1.30 am, so we booked its organisers for exceeding the noise limit and violating the deadline for use of loudspeakers,” said Radheshyam Agarwal, senior inspector of Shivaji Nagar police station.
Khalid said, “ I am on leave and I cannot talk at the moment.” Asked if Khalid had been on leave on New Year’s Eve, Joint Commissioner of Police Sadanand Date (Law and Order) said, “He was not on leave.” Asked why he was seen performing at a programme organised by a political party, Date replied, “I will find out.”