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Five cops sent to police lines over illegal parking

The policemen were helping parking nexus use a service lane notified as ‘No Parking Zone’ by HC.

Written by Ananya Bhardwaj | New Delhi | Published: September 11, 2014 2:34:58 am
parking-m The illegal activity was reported by members of Association of Citizens of South Extension. (Express Archive)

Five Delhi Police personnel have been sent to the district lines for their role in running a parking racket in connivance with the parking nexus in South Extension Part-1, South Delhi, police said. The decision came after an inquiry carried out by the Vigilance department confirmed the policemen’s involvement in the racket.

Sub-Inspector Vikas Rana, Head Constable Lekhraj, Constable Ajayveer, Constable Gyanendra and Constable Raj Kumar, all posted at the Kotla Mubarakpur police station, were asked to go to district lines on Tuesday.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Prem Nath said, “The involvement of the five police personnel in the parking racket was confirmed after an inquiry was carried out. After that they were sent to the district lines. It was found that they connived with the parking mafia in the area.”

The matter came to fore on May 21, after two members of Association of Citizens of South Extn (part 1 and 2) — president Ankush Wohra and honorary secretary Manjeet Singh Chugh — found that a service lane in the area, which had been denotified by the High Court as a ‘No Parking Zone’, was being illegally used for parking. They also found that the people who were using the area illegally were making money from the venture.

“We saw two men illegally running a parking lot on the service lane. They were charging Rs 20 per car. When we told them that the space as it is a ‘no parking zone’, they threatened us. We approached police, only to find that they were running the racket in connivance with policemen. We made a PCR call informing them about the racket, but no one came to the spot. We also went to the police station but no action was taken,” Chugh said.

Wohra and Chugh then approached the Vigilance department, asking them to take action against the police personnel. The RWA members made a video recording of the illegal activity.

“We made a video of the parking mafia talking to beat officers. We also shot police officers taking money from the patri wallahs to let them run their business on the footpath. We then approached the patri wallahs and they gave a statement to the Vigilance department, saying  the beat officers extorted money from them on the 10th of every month,” Chugh said.

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