Kasam Khan,50,who brought down an entire police station in Mumbai,was only a father taking instructions from his 21-year old son,the man behind the sting operation.
Talking to The Indian Express after the policemen were suspended,the young man,who did not agree to reveal his name,said,I wanted to prove to the court that while policemen and civic officials fill their coffers due to illegal constructions,it is the poor common man who suffers.
Born and brought up in Mumbai,the activist has been instrumental in setting up three traps for the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) against government officials. On January 31,he had complained to the ACB against 32 officials of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Though he helps his father in the familys footwear business,he is more of an activist digging up dirt on officials. He planned the sting with his father after the older mans friend Prakash Naval was forced to pay the police to rebuild a crumbling structure declared illegal by the BMC.
I do what I do because I feel for the poor. To begin with,they have no money. When they try to renovate their deteriorating houses to avoid getting killed in a collapse,they have to pay policemen and civic officials. These officials give them oral permissions to carry out the renovation,but once it begins,these same officials slap notices and begin queuing up for more money, said the young man.
Asked if he feared retribution for his actions,he said,How can there be any hope if everyone gets scared and does nothing? Someone has to enter the drain and get their hands dirty.