June 28, 2012 12:24:20 am
A case has been registered against MCD officials for impounding cycle rickshaws in Rohini,Outer Delhi. The case was registered after a contractor alleged that several field officers of the MCD were conducting raids and impounding cyclerickshaws in the area.
According to the complainant,the officials were impounding the rickshaws saying the rickshaw pullers did not have rickshaw receipts,necessary for plying the vehicle.
In the light of a court order barring MCD officials from impounding rickshaws,police have also added charges of theft in the FIR registered against the MCD officials.
According to police,the officials had impounded the rickshaws and reportedly forced the the rickshaw pullers to sign forged confessional statements.
The complainant had approached police in June first week and an FIR was registered on June 16 on the orders of the DCP,said police. According to the complainant,the officials,after impounding his vehicle and those of his fellow pullers,asked them to report to the Lawrence Road godown of the MCD.
At the godown,the officials,one of whom is named Devender,refused to hand over the rickshaws.
We were told that we would have to confess that our vehicles were lying unattended in the middle of the road and that was the reason why they were impounded. This was a lie. They forced us to sign forged documents and also attempted to extort money from us, said complainant Danik Lal.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the MCD officials had been regularly visiting the area and impounding rickshaws. All the rickshaws seized from the area have been kept at a garage in Lawrence Road, said a police officer.
In this particular case,the rickshaws were impounded by the MCD on April 14.
The officials of the MCD have now been charged under sections Sections 418(cheating with knowledge that wrongful loss will ensure to a person whose interest the offender is bound to protect),379 (punishment for theft) and 34 (act done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.
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