[Reader-list] Gujarat DCP shoots Muslim inspector twice in mock anti-terror drill
pawan.durani at gmail.com
Mon Mar 15 15:22:29 IST 2010
Yes Yes .. Let us blame Modi for this.
On Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 3:20 PM, Javed <javedmasoo at gmail.com> wrote:
> ‘Sir, don’t... I am not a terrorist,’ pleaded ATS inspector as DCP
> shot him twice
> Even Muslim police officers are not safe from fake encounters....
> Surat: Posted: Sunday , Mar 14, 2010 at 0319 hrs
> “Sir, don’t... I am not a terrorist.”
> This is what Gujarat Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) inspector Shabbirali
> Saiyed says he had shouted, just before Deputy Commissioner of Police
> Subhash Trivedi shot him twice in the abdomen from point blank range
> during the mock anti-terror drill that went haywire at the Surat
> Airport on February 24.
> Saiyed still cannot comprehend how and why he was shot by the senior
> officer. No officer was supposed to carry or use live arms and
> ammunition. That apart, Saiyed told The Sunday Express that the entire
> drill had been meticulously planned, including the exact role each cop
> would play. “All the officials in the drill had been briefed
> thoroughly about the role of each. I was to be only an observer tasked
> to find out what mistakes the commandos and other officials commit
> during rescue operations.”
> DCP Subhash Trivedi, SP Barot of ATS and a few other officers were
> tasked to act as doctors and rush to a bus in the parking lot of the
> airport in which some officials acting as terrorists were holding
> ‘passengers’ hostage.
> Saiyed recalled: “Subhash Trivedi rushed to the bus and caught hold of
> me tightly, though I was supposed to be only an obeserver. I pleaded,
> “Sir , don’t... I am not a terrorist, I am the observer.” But he
> refused to let go of me and we had a scuffle. I was left struggling to
> get out of his clutches when he pulled out his service revolver and
> opened fire, from point blank range. I fell and lost consciousness.”
> The .38 calibre bullet entered through his stomach and exited. Saiyed
> is still to recover but is now out of danger.
> Interestingly, the DCP, according to Saiyed, was not even tasked to
> take on or grapple with any ‘terrorist’ in the drill, since he was
> acting as a member of a team of ‘doctors’ at the spot who would only
> recce the scene to find out how many hostages and terrorists were in
> the bus. “He was to have only ascertained their numbers to pass on the
> information to the others in the actual rescue team, so that they
> could plan and execute the operation,” according to Inspector Saiyed.
> Surat police Commisioner Shivanand Jha confirmed it. “Saiyed was
> deputed as an observer on the spot. He was standing near the entry
> door of bus. DCP Subhash Trivedi was tasked to act as a doctor to
> recce the scene and find out how many hostages were being held by how
> many terrorists, and the weapons they possessed.” The ‘doctor’,
> apparently, was not expected to carry any weapon, much less a loaded
> service revolver.
> So what went horribly wrong? The police claim they have no answers to
> share, yet. “We are still doing a free and fair investigation. At this
> moment it is difficult to come to any conclusion. We have taken the
> statements of several airport staff who were also present there and
> statements of several police officials who witnessed the incident,”
> Jha said.
> When The Sunday Express contacted Trivedi, he refused to comment.
> The investigation is being headed by Jha’s deputy and ATS chief Ajay
> Tomar. A complaint was registered at Umra police station soon after
> Saiyed was shot while state DGP S S Khandwawala directed Tomar to
> carry out a departmental inquiry.
> “After preliminary investigations, we have found that the incident was
> an accident and the firing had not been done deliberately. But we are
> waiting for the final report and the report from ballistic experts
> before coming to any conclusion,” said Khandwawala. Asked if an FIR
> would be registered against DCP Trivedi, Khandwawala said: “Let the
> report come and later, on its basis, we will take further action. Both
> the officials are from police department _ they are not some criminals
> _ so it is premature to say anything at this juncture.”
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