Illicit liquor racket: Whistleblower attacked

| | New Delhi

A woman who helped the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) and police to bust an illicit liquor racket in Outer Delhi's Narela, on Thursday was allegedly beaten and her clothes torn by other women of the locality who apparently were involved in bootlegging. Terming the incident as “shocking and shameful”, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday urged Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to intervene and take action against local policemen who were allegedly colluding with those running the racket.

Police on Thursday evening said that they have registered a case under Sections 323, 342, 354, 354B, 506, 509 and 34 of the IPC at the Narela police station against the women involved in the incident.

DCW chief Swati Maliwal has said that the woman had tipped off the Commission about illegal liquor sale during an inspection in Narela area on Wednesday night after which she was attacked on Thursday by a mob of over 25 people and was assaulted with iron rods.

“Her clothes were torn and she was paraded naked in the area and the entire incident was filmed and the video was allegedly shared in the area by these criminals. The entire incident proves complete lawlessness and zero fear of law in the area and it is shocking that police did not take any action to protect these women,” Maliwal said.

In a video which was shared by Maliwal on her twitter handle, the victim alleged that she was threatened and asked to not raise her voice against liquor mafia. “I was dragged and disrobed. Police personnel tried to stop them from meting out such inhuman treatment but he was also thrashed. They also said that they would do the same with Maliwal and other women who will oppose their actions,” the victim said between sobs in the video.

Maliwal, in turn, summoned the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Rohini District, to appear before the women's panel and submit an action taken report along with details of the FIR registered in the incident of attack on the woman.

Rajneesh Gupta, DCP, Rohini, said, that the woman was beaten and her clothes were “torn a bit”, but denied that she was paraded naked. The injuries are blunt and there is no fracture, he said, adding that the woman has always been associated with police in their action against bootleggers.

Maliwal also sought details of the FIRs registered over liquor being sold illegally in Narela and surrounding areas over the past five years. Kejriwal took note of the incident and tweeted, “Utterly shocking and shameful that this is happening in the capital of India. I urge Hon'ble LG to immediately intervene, take action against local policemen and ensure everyone's safety.”

Maliwal claimed to have received several complaints from the women residents regarding sale of illicit liquor and drugs in certain houses in the area. On Wednesday night, the local police confiscated 300 bottles of liquor from a house after they were provided information about it by a DCW team. The house from where the liquor was seized was barely a few meters from the police post, Maliwal said, adding “such illegal business is flourishing on a very large scale in Narela in full public view and knowledge of the local police”.

“It appears that the illegal activity of selling liquor in homes is occurring with active connivance and protection of the police,” she said in the summons to the DCP. She also sought copies of all complaints along with status reports against police officers in the area regarding their inaction or collusion with people selling liquor in their houses. “This house as well as many other houses in the area, have been selling illegal liquor for years. Please inform what action has been initiated by the Delhi Police to curb this menace,” she said in the letter while asking the DCP to appear in person before the panel on December 12.



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