A video showing a District Magistrate’s tyranny and his brutal and unlawful behaviour towards the hosts and guests at a wedding function, when they had overstepped the time limit permitted under prohibitory orders for COVID, has gone viral on social networks and people are cursing the officer without end.
When a gentleman approached the District Magistrate seeking some degree of consideration in the most polite manner the officer asked of him “What time is the night curfew”. The gentleman replied “it is at 10 but the auspicious time is 11”.
The DM shot back saying “Then you do it at home inside a room. You please read 144 order carefully”. At this moment the District Magistrate suddenly went hyper and without minding his profanities said in the most hideous, uncouth and demeaning manner:
“You seem to be an educated person. Don’t talk like a bloody villager and an uneducated person”. With these words, the District Magistrate even ended up casting aspersions and insulting all the villagers of India. For this one remark, he should be dismissed from service and made to serve a sentence.
It is important to note, when the gentleman politely said: “Don’t talk to me like this, I’m a surgeon”, the DM pulled him by his collar, manhandled him and ordered the police to “catch hold of the guy, adding he was “obstructing public servant on duty”.
When the doctor pleaded that it was his sister’s wedding, the DM blabbered “no, no, no, obstructing District Magistrate on duty. Arrest him. 353 Arrest him”.
The District Magistrate is seen ordering the arrest of even women. One wonders, whether or not the District Magistrate is aware of the law of the land. Does he not know that women police officers should be associated where women are arrested, that too, arrest of women between sunset or sunrise has to be avoided, according to National Human Rights Commission guidelines on arrest.
The District Magistrate in this video should be tried for misuse of authority, for taking the law into his own hands, raising his hands on people who were not posing any threat to enforcement of prohibitory orders under CrPC 144. Question arises: Who made him a District Magistrate?
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Srinagar: On eve of the meeting of the All Party Delegation (APD) with local leaders of political parties and different organisations in Srinagar, which will be attended by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the wake of the Kashmir crisis, Curfew was lifted in Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Baramulla and most parts of Srinagar today.
The situation was still tense in areas falling under the Police Stations of Maisuma, Batamaloo, Khanyar, Safakadal, Nowhatta, Rainawari and M R Gunj, where curfew is still in force.
The Home Minister will be on a two-day J&K tour in connection with the meeting of the APD, with the leaders of different political parties and organisations here tomorrow. The meeting will be held at S K International Convention Complex (SKICC) overlooking the Dal Lake. Media persons would not be allowed inside this venue to cover the proceedings but they would be free to meet the leaders separately.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, on Saturday even wrote to the separatist leaders of Kashmir, urging them to join the dialogue with the all-party parliamentary delegation
Even as last moment preparations were on for this meeting and word had spread that the separatist Hurriyat leaders were being nvited for dialogue with the all party parliamentary delegation, 12 incidents of stone-pelting were reported earlier during the day from Srinagar, Budgam, Anantnag, Sopore and Kupwara today. “At these places, miscreants assembled on the roads and attempted to disturb the normal traffic and movement of people by pelting stones on vehicles and on police and security force deployments. Barring these incidents of stray stone pelting, the overall situation remained under control till filing of this report late Saturday night.
On Sunday, Police also rebutted a news report appearing in a section of the press under the heading, “Teargas shell tears apart Handwara Woman’s face”, and “Handwara woman another victim of forces excesses”. The POlice have categorically stated that the story is not based on facts.
The Zonal Police Headquarters spokesman in Srinagar said quoting the Baramulla district police authorities that the concerned woman was injured when some miscreants pelted stones on the vehicle she was travelling in, near Hamrai, Pattan during night.
Supply of Essentials in Kashmir
Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmed Khan on Sunday reviewed the supply position of essentials in Kashmir Valley and security of trucks carrying supply of essentials to Valley at a meeting held here.
As many as 972 trucks loaded with ration and other essential supplies reached Srinagar today and 470 trucks were on way to Kashmir Valley from Jammu. The Divisional Commissioner told those present at the meeting that all necessary steps had been taken to ensure adequate supply of essentials and hassle-free movement of trucks from Jammu to Kashmir Valley. Necessary steps for the foolproof security of trucks carrying essentials to the Valley will also be put in place, said the Divisional Commissioner.
The truckers’ Union has also called off the transporters’ strike on receiving assurance from the authorities about the safety of the vehicles and drivers carrying essentials to the Valley. Eid arrangements in Baramulla
The district authorities in Baramulla on Sunday reviewed the arrangements for upcoming Eid-ul-Azha. The Deputy Commissioner directed the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department to ensure proper distribution of essential commodities, including rice, sugar, and LPG. He also directed the concerned officials to ensure the ration stores and sale outlets remain open during holidays for the convenience of people. He also asked them to take strict action against profiteers and black-marketers.
The Deputy Commissioner also asked the officers to ensure uninterrupted electricity and drinking water supply to the people, besides ensuring proper street lighting. He directed Municipal Authorities to ensure proper sanitation and cleanliness at all the places particularly at those places where congregation prayers would be offered on Eid.
The DDC asked the CMO to ensure that medicos and para-medicos attend their duty as per the roster. He also instructed that the ambulance service should be kept in a state of readiness to meet any exigency during the festival.
Thirteen points have been notified to buy sacrificial animals in view of Eid-ul-Azha in Baramulla District. In Baramulla, these points are near Karipa Park, Sheep Complex Noorbagh, near Hospital Bagh-I-Islam and near Irrigation Quarters Khajabhag. In Sopore – near Super bazaar, near River Edge Hotel and near Bugoo Arampora. In Rafiabad, these points would be near the Sheep complex watergam, Rohama and Hadipora. In Uri SDO office Uri, in Pattan near Chinar Monuments, in Kunzer near Town Hall, in Tangmarg near SDO office Tangmarg.
The meeting was informed that on the eve of Eid, the Animal Husbandry Department would set up sale outlets for sale of poultry chicken at 10 per cent discount at Sopore, Baramulla, kreeri, Pattan and Uri, besides dressed chicken will be available at Baramulla and Sopore. The Assistant Director Fisheries informed that trout would be available for sale at Baramulla and Sopore.
Bhabra (Madhya Pradesh): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reached out to the people of Kashmir, where normal life has been disrupted due to voiolence and curfew for the last 32 days, and echoed the state chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s stand by asserting his government’s willingness to hold dialogue under the framework of ‘insaniyat (humanity), jamhuriyat (democracy) and Kashmiriyat’.
The Prime Minister broke his silence on the Kashmir unrest that has left more than 50 dead and said innocent youngsters, who should be holding laptops, book and cricket bats, have been given stones. He asked them to choose the path of peace and harmony.
Modi said that Mehbooba Mufti’s government and the BJP led Central Government are working together to work for the progress of Kashmir but some people, who are unable to digest it, are pushing the peaople on the path of violence and destruction.
When Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister, he had followed the path of insaniyat, jamhuriyat and Kashmiriyat and we walk the same road, Modi said adding he wants to tell the brothers and sisters of Kashmir from this great birthplace of Chandra Shekhar Azad that people of Kashmir have the same freedom and opportunity that every Indian enjoys in different parts of the country.
Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court has directed the Gujarat Government, in particular, the state Chief Secretary and Home Secretary to abide by the declaration made before this Court and restore
peace and the law and order situation in the State.
Responding to a Writ Petition (PIL) NO. 174 of 2015 on Friday, 28, August, a two judge bench of Gujarat High Court comprising Acting Chief Justice JAYANT Patel and Justice N.V.Anjaria passed an orrder which says: “Considering the facts and circumstances, we find that restoration of peace in the State and resumption and return of normalcy in the life and affairs are of the prime concern and it should stand on priority of the State Officials, and people at large of the State should appreciate all actions on the part of State to restore the peace.”
On the grievance of the petitioner about the commission of police atrocities and more particularly pertaining to the police high-handedly and police pefrsonnel entering the houses of the residents and resorting to lathi charge; use of force inside a housing complex and breaking of glasses of the cars and causing damage to the private properties of the citizens; and the submission for Court direction for taking appropriate action against the police personnel and officials who had indulged in such activities, the Gujarat High Court order says that action can can wait for some time for response and report of the State government in this regard.
However the Court has emphasised that the State Government should convey to all police personnel and officials about the limits of their power. While restoring peace they shall not cross the limits of the law, attracting other further penal and deterrent consequences, the order says.
In this regards, the State Advocate General submitted that the State would look into the matter and what actions are taken against such police officials, shall be reported to this Court by the next hearing.
The Gujarat High Coourt has suggested to the Advocate General to get the instructions for formation of team of the high officials and for taking other requisite steps to restore peace and law and order situation in the State.
A day after the High Court order, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti leader Hardik Patel, who is leading a massive movement demanding reservation under the other backward community (OBC) quota for the Patidar community, on Saturday visited the house of Shwetang Patidar, who allegedly died of injuries inflicted by Police when violence broke out after Hardik’s rally here on 25 April.
Shwetang’s mother filed a petition in court on Thursday accusing the Police of beating her son to death.
Hardik asked Shwetang’s sister to tie him a Rakhi and said that the Gujarat Government will face the consequences. Shwetang’s last rites have been scheduled for Sunday since it was Rakshabandhan today.
The State Advocate General has tendered before the Gujarat High Court broad points for appropriate arrangements including formation of team of high ranking officers to restore law and order. The arrangements are as follows:
1. A team of High Ranking Officers consisting of
(i) Chief Secretary
(ii) Home Secretary
(iii) D.G. & I.G.P.
(iv) D.G.P. (Intelligence), and
(v) D.G.P. (Law and Order)
is holding meetings for three times a day for taking stock of the situation in the entire State and for issuing requisite instructions/orders for getting the needful done as per the requirement.
2. For quick dissemination of information, the following Control Rooms are fully functional:
(i) State Control Room, at the office of D.G.P. and I.G.P.
(ii) Control Room at the Home Department
(iii) Control Room at each of the offices of Commissioner of Police in the cities of Ahmedabad, Surat, Baroda and Rajkot.
(iv) Control Room at each of the offices of Superintendent of Police in all the Districts in the State.
3. Peace appeal to the people of Gujarat by CM being telecast on various media channels.
4. Review meeting held by Hon’ble CM around 2 PM on 26th August, 2015 to review the law and order situation in the State and decisions taken with respect to the following:
a) Shanti Samiti/Mohalla Samiti/Ekta Samiti Meetings to be held by all district collectors/Commissioners immediately.
b) Peace appeals by various religious saints and other prominent leaders to be telecast on various media channels.
5. At the District Level, District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police have been instructed to keep a close vigil for taking care of any emergent situation. They have also been instructed to conduct the meetings of Shanti Samity and Akta Committee, consisting of the representatives of the respective communities, so as to maintain peace.
6. Similarly, at Sub-Divisional Level, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (i.e. Prant Officer) and Deputy Superintendent of Police and at Taluka Level, Mamlatdar and Executive Magistrate and Police Station In-charge have been accordingly instructed.
7. Arrangements are being made for conveying peace messages through religious leaders and social leaders in TV and Radio.
8. Ten senior officers of the rank of SP and above including two ADGP rank officers were deputed at sensitive locations across the State post 25th August incident.
9. At present, there are 162 Armed Police Force Companies (i.e. 53 companies of CRPF and 109 companies of SRP) are deployed throughout the State towards maintenance of law and order.
10. Further, 11 companies of Army have been called in (i.e 5 companies in Ahmedabad and 2 companies each in Surat, Rajkot and Mehsana) for aiding civil
11. Prevailing situation is being continuously reviewed by the high ranking State Officials headed by the Chief Secretary.