A woman and her family accused of obstructing police from performing their duty in west Delhi’s Paschim Vihar area now find police believing their side of the story and even recommending action against their own personnel.
Asha Aggarwal said her problems started about a year ago when she raised her voice against encroachments near her house in Paschim Vihar. Police came into the picture following arguments with locals. Aggarwal, an under secretary rank official with the Delhi Development Authority, said little did she know how the fight against encroachment would take a toll on her and the family.
Aggarwal, her husband, and son found themselves named in an FIR, accused of obstructing police. Her husband and son were once “put in a police station lock-up” in connection with the case. After a year-long struggle for the family, Delhi Police Vigilance Branch has found shortcomings in the initial probe and asked the west District police to get a fresh investigation done and file a supplementary chargesheet in court.
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What’s more, fixing the responsibility of several police personnel — including the SHO of Mianwali Nagar police station — for not performing their duties in the case, the Vigilance Branch has also directed the head of west District police to take action against them. R K Jha, DCP (Vigilance Branch), said, “We have asked the DCP concerned to take departmental action against the SHO for inaction; four police personnel, including a sub-inspector, for failing to take notice of unauthorised construction in their area and not intimating the civic agency; and another sub-inspector for not taking legal action on the victim’s complaint and also recording wrong facts.”
Aggarwal said, “Things changed on May 31 last year after police registered a false case against my family members. They arrested my husband, who was a former chief manager of a public sector bank, and my son… Police claimed I managed to escape, even though there were more than 20 police personnel there.” Aggarwal said she ran from pillar to post for justice, but got only assurances. The turning point came when she met Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma, who forwarded her complaint to the Vigilance Branch and directed it to submit a report.
A police officer said, “The vigilance department found rampant unauthorised construction in Paschim Vihar and when the victim approached the police with a molestation complaint against her neighbour, police took no action. Surprisingly, they filed a kalandra on breach of peace against the victim and her husband. No action was taken against her neighbour.”