Delhi underground: ‘Suicide’ caller

The officer was overheard telling his staff, “I think I should attend to all phone calls. I cannot afford to take risk.”

New Delhi | Published: February 17, 2014 3:17:21 am
Visitors queue up outside the Rashtrapati Bhavan to see the Mughal Gardens, which was opened to public on Sunday. Renuka puri Visitors queue up outside the Rashtrapati Bhavan to see the Mughal Gardens, which was opened to public on Sunday. Renuka puri

Tired of phone calls, a senior police officer told a caller that he was the officer’s personal assistant and that he could only take a message as the officer was in an important meeting. The caller said, “Please ask your officer where I should commit suicide? Whether it should be at the Police Headquarters, my house or the police station?” The officer identified himself and counselled the caller not to take the extreme step. It turned out, months after the man registered a case against his wife, no action had been taken. The officer was overheard telling his staff, “I think I should attend to all phone calls. I cannot afford to take risk.”

Poll stunt?
Last week, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi paid a surprise visit to the New Delhi railway station to interact with porters. Since it was an unplanned visit, not everyone was able to enter the enclosure, where he spoke to porters. While those porters who spoke to Rahul raised slogans in his  praise, those who could not alleged it was a poll gimmick. “Ye bas yahan election se pehle vote batorne aaye hain (He is here to gather votes before election),” one porter said.

Drawing the line
At a press conference, a senior Congress leader was asked whether the Congress would support the BJP to form the government. He retorted by saying that the party had got used to accusations being flung at it. “We have been told that we are in bed with the BJP and that the AAP was our B-team. But we clearly draw the line when it comes to offering support to ‘communal forces’.”

Courtroom drama
A magistrate dismissed the bail plea of two brothers arrested in connection with a murder case. After the order was passed, the mother and grandmother of the accused began wailing in court. They claimed before the judge that the two had called police when the incident took place and, instead of thanking them, police arrested them. “Please look into their eyes… you will see they are innocent,” the women told the judge. The judge then told them that the court was not swayed by emotions and, in an aside, asked security to watch out for teary-eyed relatives in future.

New tune
As they waited for Arvind Kejriwal to arrive at the AAP’s Hanuman Road office to address them on Friday night, close to 500 supporters were already shouting slogans praising his ‘sacrifice’. Senior leaders were heard telling supporters, “Chant slogans for Lok Sabha elections. Shout against Narendra Modi, not Sheila Dikshit…”

Out of site
On Saturday, a day after the resignation of Arvind Kejriwal as the chief minister, the Delhi government website said the site was under maintenance. “None of the circulars, notifications, etc., of the government were accessible,” an official said.

Challan trouble
A traffic police officer, who had stopped a commercial vehicle in the New Delhi area, had a tough time issuing a challan, after his e-challan machine started acting funny. As soon as the officer fed the details of the tractor into the machine, the entire paper roll came out of the dispenser, thanks to some technical fault in the machine.

Without work
Several senior and mid-level officers of the Indian Police Service (IPS), posted in other states, recently reported to the Delhi Police Headquarters. However, none has been given any posting till date. With many officers in the Delhi Police managing to stop their transfers for several years, it appears that the officers, who had recently reported to the Delhi Police Headquarters, will have to go without postings for at least a few months now.

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