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I received the following message from activist Shabnam Hashmi along with a phone call recording:

‘जिसका आधार नंबर और एड्रेस नहीं है हम उसे कहीं भी ख़तम कर सकते हैं’

‘एक अभियान चल रहा है घेरो और मारो’

Sub Inspector threatens to kill

Pehchan (I am one of the founding trustees) runs a small centre in Jaitpur extension and teaches school drop outs every year, coaches them to appear for 10th and 12th from Jamia. It also runs sewing classes for women.

I received a call from Director of Pehchan coaching centre at 8.59pm. She told me that Haseen husband of one of the women (Mubina) , who had learnt stitching at our centre, got a call from a man who said that he was calling from the Lajpat Nagar police station and was a sub inspector. He threatened Haseen and called him to the police station regarding some complaint. She gave me SI’s name and number.

Usually when someone is called at night we do try and call up the police officer concerned, try and arrange a lawyer to go with whoever has been called to the police station.

I did the same. Unfortunately my telephone did not have a call recorder downloaded. The conversation which was full of abuses, using highly derogatory and uncivilized language could not be recorded. I cut the phone after 15 minutes or so and downloaded a call recorder quickly. In between the person who claimed to be the Sub Inspector Sandip Malik from Lajpat Nagar Police Station called 4 times but I didn’t pick up the phone till the recorder was downloaded.

I am attaching the recording which is self explanatory. The earlier conversation was a lot more threatening and abusive as compared to what has been recorded.  I was directly threatened that I will be killed in an encounter and that there is the new law according to which whoever doesn’t have an aadhaar and address proof should be surrounded and killed (‘एक अभियान चल रहा है घेरो और मारो’ ).

The man who claimed to be the sub inspector called from mobile no 7065824289.

The conversation and the Sub Inspectors’ threat raise serious questions which the Government of the day and the Police Commissioner must answer.

According to truecaller, the number belongs to one Ashish Kumar and has also been indicated as a police number.

The person speaking is clearly drunk. He is expressing homicidal intent toward those who don't have an Aadhaar. He is clearly speaking using the phone of another police officer - drinking buddy? Where is this impunity coming from? Why would police think it is ok to kill people for lack of identification?

This indicates a serious and urgent security issue for the country. Are the police being encouraged to do physical harm to those who do not have Aadhaar? What is the basis of calling people randomly to the police station or threatening to kill someone for not having an Aadhaar?

Why is the "voluntary" adoption of Aadhaar accompanied with increasing coersion, deprivation of rights and now outright threats of murder? Is this a country or a concentration camp?


Dr. Gaurav Chhabra writes about his experience as a regular citizen of India out on a post dinner stroll. Dr. Gaurav Chhabra is a health activist and filmmaker. Recently he made and released a film about current happenings around corruption called Inklab. Do watch.

After the daily dose of our post dinner ice-cream, me and a dear friend of mine were sitting on the pavement along the market of sector-15 discussing our upcoming ventures and ideas. A police truck passed by . They were shouting out aloud and warning everyone to leave .. and that no one should remain there as its too late ( 11:10 pm) Me and my friend continued our chats and stayed there as our talks were yet not finished.

Fifteen or so minutes after that one Sub inspector named Fateh Singh and a constable came roaming eating ice-cream. The constable approached us and said “ Leave this place now.. its too late” . I said “ How late is too late ?” He replied that don’t quarrel..leave the place.. I replied back.. no we are doing nothing illegal andthere is no law that we are breaking by sitting here. To which he replied that its not about law.. law doesn’t matter.. you should just leave. I refused to do the same. The Sub inspector then came and straight away started conversation in a very uncivilized manner and insisted that we must leave or they shall do that by force . We again refused. He asked what do you do.. and I replied.. the fact that I am a doctor but am unemployed .  When the Sub inspector started talking in a harsh manner and said that we must leave right now else he will use force, I called up at Police control room at 100 and explained the matter.

The officer on other side asked me to pass phone to the SI. I  did same and the SI started telling them that there is some unemployed doctor who is acting insane due to his frustration of unemployment and is fighting for no reason…and that they should not interfere.  I insisted that PCR should come and see into the matter of this harassment by police.

PCR ( CH 01 G1 6207) arrived in ten minutes. The SI talked with the Constable that came. The constable Vikram Singh became very aggressive and said “ That we don’t care of law.. we know the language of beating people.. and don’t explain us law we don’t care of it.. we know how to deal with people.” He also cited some other instance where police uses abuses like maachod and bhenchod against such people if they don’t go. I objected to it and called up at 100 again and told this to police officer there. NOTHING HELPED.

SI called up SHO and SHO told him to bring us to police station and they will ‘see’ us there.  We said we can go there..as we haven’t broken any law and instead they are misbehaving.

After another ten minutes one Inspector arrived, with a team of  ten or so policemen and he started yelling that why when his truck passed by and announced ..we dint leave ?? He investigated about us in deep took us our numbers and address and asked us to go from there right away or else we would be taken to police station and that it shall teach us what ‘ law ‘ is .. !! The SI explained him.. that ‘He is a unemployed doc.. and looks mentally disturbed and hence so is fighting with everyone’..trying to make me look like a fool to everyone.

After that Inspector insisted  that we must leave right now .. or face the musicand also said that he will deal with us tomorrow.

I knew.. if we go to police station they are going to put me in a lock up ..and make fun of the same…also there was no point in sitting there in market with 20 angry policemen on your head…talking to you like as if PUBLIC matters them a least and nor does LAW. Behavior of some of them was worse than any GOON I have seen lately. I  came back…as a worn out common man. I will submit detail of this incident to SSP, I wonder if there would be any outcome. I would call it a harassment, the police would call it ‘ CASE OF AN UNEMPLOYED FRUSTRATED DOCTOR’ .

But I wonder… is this the city.. that has recently been sanctioned umpteen crores of rupees to  promote Night Tourism.. and night life in the city ???  11 pm is too late to sit in market ? Excuse me.. have they seen ahmedabad..? Have they seen Mumbai ?? And as they said they are NOT concerned about law.. that is the reason.. you can be a drunk person driving car at 150 km/hr and they wont stop you..but you cant sit peacefully in market after 11 pm !

With this narrow approach , ill- mannerism and lack of spirit ,  Chandigarh can only promote commercial restricted places of tourism but not a cultured nightlife !!


Update 1: Gaurav shares that he has got a positive response from the police complaint authority. The jury is out there on what would happen if no one had heard of him. Would he still deserve dignity?

Update 2: COMPLAINT submitted personally to POLICE COMPLAINT AUTHORITY in sector 9 chd. Sunwaai is on 13th May! Copy fo complaint