New Delhi: The protest season has become a major embarrassment for Uttar Pradesh police as they have reportedly indulged in a lackadaisical notice slapping spree. So much so that even the dead and bedridden have been put in the list of people who could ‘hamper peace’ during the ongoing protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019.
According to a News18.com report, Firozabad police booked around 2,500 people, and as a precautionary measure, they issued notice to Banne Khan, under Section 107/16 of the IPC. The only issue here is that Khan died six years ago.
His son, Mohammad Sarfazar said, though he hasn’t officially received the notice, he read about it in the papers. Claiming that he also has his father’s death certificate, Sarfaraz said that the police should have conducted a proper inquiry.
Further, two men aged 90 and 93 have also been asked to appear before the magistrate and fill a bond of Rs 10 lakh each.
This reported carelessness has put scathing questions on the reliability of UP police.
In defence, Firozabad city magistrate Kunwar Pankaj Singh said that there was pressure on the administration to ensure peace in the district and measures were taken on the basis on reports received. They’ve been informed that many people were wrongly named including elderly and bed-ridden, and no action will be taken against them.