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Sunday, July 16, 2017
Shabnam Hashmi Seeks Probe into Death Threats to Her by a Delhi Cop
NB: The atmosphere of impunity that has overtaken the country since this government came to power has crossed all limits. Now the guardians of law are threatening citizens with murder. The message delivered to Shabnam is meant for all opponents of the so-called Sangh Parivar. Welcome to modern India -DS
New Delhi, July 15:
Eminent social activist Shabnam Hashmi has sought a thorough probe into death
threats to her allegedly by a Delhi policeman over phone. She has written a
letter to the Delhi Police Commissioner and sent its copy to Union Home
Minister Rajnath Singh. "I was directly
threatened that I will be killed in an encounter," Hashmi told reporters
at a press conference at the Constitution Club here on Saturday. She informed
that a man who claimed to be Sub Inspector Sandip Malik from Lajpat Nagar
police Station threatened her over phone Friday night.
The cop told her that
there is the new law according to which whoever doesn't have an Aadhaar card
and address proof should be surrounded and killed. Shabnam Hashmi is one
of the founding trustees of Pehchan - an NGO that runs a coaching centre in
Jaitpur area of Delhi. Haseen, husband of Mubina, one of the passouts of this
centre, received a call from cop Sandip Malik. The policeman threatened him and
asked him to come to the police station. His wife informed the director of
Pehchan Farida Khan who passed on this information to Shabnam Hashmi. Shabnam
called the policeman just to know why he was calling Haseen to the Police
station. The police used filthy language for Shabnam and threatened her.
At the press
conference, Shabnam released the audio recording of her conversation with the
policeman. In the audio, the policeman is clearly heard saying that there was
instruction to policemen cornor and kill those who don't have Aadhaar and
address proof. Besides Hashmi, the
press conference featured filmmaker Saba Dewan, former member of Planning
Commission Sayeeda Hamid and Haseen, husband of Mubina. “What is more
troubling is the remark of the policeman that if you don’t have an Aadhaar
card, you will be cornered and killed. It’s a big strike at our sensibility,”
Sayeeda Hamid said.
Saba Dewan said, “We
condemn what happened with Shabnam Hashmi. If such incident can happen in Delhi
– the capital of the country – and with eminent human rights activist like
Shabnam Hashmi, then we can imagine about lawlessness in other parts of the
country” ANHAD, a civil rights group, contacted the Lajpat
Nagar police station to know about the caller cop. The police station confirmed
that it has a constable by the name of Sandip Malik but he is not Sub