NCW has met Police Commissioner about rape. Police is relieved Swiss diplomat has finally e-mailed about sketches they sent her. Already Police had interrogated 6000 in the matter, including many young men, especially Bengali-speaking, in Shahpur Jat – urban village near scene of crime.
To everyone's bewilderment, most of the 1500 plus reported cases of Dengue are not slum but middle class. CM has blamed MCD. MCD Commissioner has sought Police protection about threat-to-life from one JE suspended for conniving with builder mafia.
The custody death and public-police confrontation in Madipur, old slum resettlement, seems to have started on grounds of gambling. It is not known if this was routine extortion or some Diwali gambling special drive needing target tally, for which places like Madipur, like Shahpur Jat, do very nicely.
On 25.07.03 at IHC, our Chief Minister had exhorted public to keep whistles and to beat up cops who harass (just after our Police Joint Commissioner Amod Kanth, better known as NGO, translated good governance as 'that what you are giving us, Madam').
Police is to protect the public and policemen who are brutal (or JEs who are corrupt or young men who rape) are – must be – aberrations, to be diagnosed and treated with systemic intervention, right? What when senior cops, bureaucrats, politicians and NGOs keep busy with private ad-hoc bhagidari, setting peculiar ad-hoc priorities for us and for our Police?
CM told you, stupid. Go buy whistle!
PS: HT report says Madipur is JJ Colony 'like any other in the city. Gambling and bootlegging is rampant. Nearly every third house in the locality sells liqour illegally'. Now this would make (counting both JJ and resettlement) about 2.0 lakh bootlegger families and, with licensed vends, boozing vital to city economy. Cheers! Go be drunken whistleblower!