By S Ahmed (NVONews.Com)
Darbhanga/Patna: The recent picking of a young man Kafil Akhtar from Darbhanga district in an alleged terror activity is an eye opener. It proves how police shows scant respect for the law of the land. Police trying to bust any terror incident simply picks up its suspect and packs him up without caring for what the law prescribes.
The latest is case of Bihar from where several persons have been picked up in recent time.
Kafil was picked up by Karnataka Police on 6th of May and there was an information lull afterwards.
Now, it has been revealed that Karnataka Police did not find it proper to produce him before any court in Bihar. It even avoided Patna airport to take Kafil to Banglore.
In a rejoinder to Karnataka Chief Minister D.V. Sadanand Gowda, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has pointed out that Patna airport was just 130 kilometers away from the place of ‘picking up’ but Kafil was taken 425 kilometers away to Ranchi to take him to Banglore.
Now it is confirmed that Kafil was arrested around 1:30 P.M. and was produced in a Ranchi court on the 7th of May around 8 P.M. There was enough time for Karnataka Police to inform the Bihar Police of such action. But it chose not to do so.
Kafil Akhtar of Samaila village in Kewati block (some 15 kilometers north of Darbhanga and 150 kms away from capital Patna) was considered a calm and sober teacher till 5th of May 2012. He was also enrolled as an M.A. student in a reputed college of Darbhanga. On the 6th of this month Kafil’s father and the entire village was told that Kafil is wanted in Chinnaswamy stadium twin bomb blasts case.
It all started way back in 2006 when two youths were picked up by sleuths in Madhubani district, which has border with Nepal. Since then around ten persons have been picked by central agency, Delhi and Bombay police. Karnataka Police is latest in this list.
Kafil aged 25 is the fourth son of Abdus Salam’s second wife. Kafil lived in a rented house with his family in Darbhanga. Mukhiya Mohammad Iliyas says that Kafil has never been in any controversy. SSP Garima Malik told the reporters that there is no criminal record against Kafil.
Kafil is reported to have been in Delhi only once that too in 2005 when he accompanied his brother’s wife there.
According to the law any accused picked up in such circumstances should be produced in the nearest police station as soon as possible but this was not done. Darbhanga is not only the district headquarter but the offices of DIG and IG are also there.
Karnatak Chief Minister Sadanand Gowda has contended in his letter sent to Nitish Kumar that Kafil was arrested under Unlawful Activities Act of 1967. According to Mr. Gowda under this law anyone can be picked up if there is lack of time and if there is apprehension of running away of the accused.
In response to this, Nitish Kumar has written that section 43 (b.2) of the said act it is necessary to produce the arrested accused in the nearest police station but this was not followed. Such unlawful activity of Police also violates section 56 of code of criminal procedure. In this regard Bihar DGP had also written to Karnatka DGP.
Back in Darbhanga everybody is in disbelief when they are asked about the picking of Kafil for suspected terrorist activities. This is the second such incidence in the district this year. Earlier in February one Mohammad Kafil was picked up by Delhi Police in terrorist activity. Mohammad Kafil is a simple cycle mechanic. Three others were picked up from neighboring Madhubani district this year.