Hours before their Class X Board examination,five students,including three who are supported by an NGO in their studies,were picked up by the police and taken to Sector 24 police post. While the police claimed that it was carrying out a domination exercise a raid carried out in case the police have reasons to suspect that a person is involved in illegal activity the NGO representative claimed that the boys were harassed for no reason.
In order to help them study,Theatre Age representative,Zulfikar Khan,had provided them a rented accommodation in Sector 25 from where they were picked up on Friday morning.
By the evening,UT SSP Naunihal Singh marked an inquiry into the incident. The five boys (including these three) were woken up by the police in the middle of the night and taken to Sector 24 police post.
We are not condoning the incident,but if any wilful misconduct is found,action will be taken, he said.
The police officials stated that they took the boys for questioning considering them as adults. The boys were made to sit in a pick-up van for over an hour.
One of the boys,Mahul,said,At about 4 am,the police banged at our door and asked us to go with them. We called up Zulfikar and made him speak to the police,but they took us anyway. They did not believe us when we told them that we are students.
Rohit,another student,said,I was dragged from my bed. They used abusive language and treated us like criminals. They asked us about how many criminal cases were registered against us.
Zulfikar Khan said,I rushed to the police post at around 5.30 am. However,the police officials did not let me in. The boys were let off only after I made a request to DPI (Schools). They were so terrified that they could not attempt the examination well. Who is going to take the responsibility if they fail in the exam? I am their guardian. Why couldnt the police talk to me and let the boys free?
Assistant Superintendent of Police,ASP,(Central),Deshraj Singh,said,An inquiry will be conducted into the incident.
Asked whether this was the way a domination exercise is conducted,the ASP said,Domination exercises are important and are regularly conducted,but a police officer must have common sense about whom they need to verify. A student who has a exam in the morning is not brought to the police station during the night for verification.
SHO of Sector 11 police station,inspector Gurmukh Singh,said,A total of 14 people were rounded up after they were found staying without IDs. Refuting allegations,Singh stated,The boys were released within 15 minutes of verification, Singh added.
While Rohit and Mahul study in Government High School (GHS-24),Satyam is a student of (GHS-22). The other two boys Amarjeet (Class XI) study in polytechnic college in Sector 26 and Sukhdev (class XI) studies in Gurukul Vidyapeeth,Banur.