A 31-year-old civil defence volunteer has been arrested from South Delhi’s Sangam Vihar space for allegedly impersonating a Delhi Police sub-inspector and prosecuting folks for Covid violations.
Final week, The Indian The Press Reporter had reported that Delhi Police Commissioner S N Shrivastava desires the uniform of civil defence volunteers modified so that folks don’t confuse them with police personnel, and is learnt to have determined to jot down a letter to the Dwelling Secretary on this regard.
DCP (south district) Atul Kumar Thakur mentioned, “We now have arrested the accused, recognized as Suneel Kumar, when he was checking public for masks violations after posing as a sub-inspector of Delhi Police. The arrest was made when he was checking and our constable, Amit, reached the spot. He smelt one thing amiss and requested Suneel to indicate his i-card. He was carrying a faux i-card of Delhi Police and the matter was knowledgeable to seniors.”
Thakur mentioned the accused was additionally carrying his aadhar card, catastrophe administration responsibility go and civil defence i-card. An FIR has been registered towards him at Tigri police station.
Shrivastava had earlier directed all 15 DCPs to make sure that civil defence volunteers don’t use police barricades to cease and prosecute violators of Covid norms. He additionally requested them to make sure that folks don’t confuse civil defence volunteers with police personnel, and a transparent distinction be made between them.
Sources mentioned the police chief not too long ago requested a Particular CP (Crime) to watch any circumstances filed towards civil defence volunteers. “There may be discomfort over some volunteers misusing the uniform, clicking images of ladies and youngsters earlier than issuing a challan, and in some circumstances making an attempt to take bribes,” mentioned a supply.
The highest cop’s directive to DCPs had come after reviews of volunteers issuing challans for Covid violations although they don’t seem to be empowered to take action with out sanction from the related authority. “It was conveyed that if civil defence volunteers are discovered issuing challans with out applicable authority, the district DCPs ought to write to the authority involved on this regard,” a senior police officer mentioned.