Noida Police-Army Face Off: Relations Dip Sharply
Colonel Chauhan released, promises fight
NEW DELHI: Police brutality and abuse of power must be done away with if citizens are to trust the police for their safety and well-being. But in a nation where even an ex-army officer is a victim of this behavior of the police, civil-military relations are actually at their lowest ebb.
After five days of being put in jail under a fake case by the NOIDA Police, Colonel VPS Chauhan came out on bail today.
Col Chauhan while speaking to ADU at Arun Vihar Institute NOIDA, after being released from jail, thanked the entire army fraternity and expressed deep gratitude for all the support he hoped to repay some day. He said he would now like to hit back and will escalate the fight.
Meanwhile the absconding ADM has applied for anticipatory bail in Allahabad High Court.
Colonel VPS Chauhan has been a victim of high handedness of local police under the influence of Harish Chandra who is ADM Muzaffarnagar. The incident occurred on August 14, in Arun Vihar Noida, when Col Chauhan was waiting for a cab in a park opposite his house.
At that time Usha Chandra wife of Harish Chandra along with his gunman and other staff approached Colonel Chauhan, had an altercation and called the police on 100, that manhandled, handcuffed and arrested Col Chauhan on the charges of kidnapping, molestation and SC /ST Act.
This was despite the fact that the CCTV footage of 1.36 minutes recording the manhandling of Col Chauhan by Harish Chandra, Usha Chandra and gunman was handed over to the police.
Col Chauhan was arrested around 6:30 a.m; medical done by about 10 a.m, taken to Surajpur District Court and produced in front of a Judge late – so that no time was left for appeal – and sent to Jail by about 4 pm.
Police also arrested the domestic help of Col Chauhan and two trainees who had come from Gorakhpur. It is a case of vengeance as Harish Chandra - living on the first floor in the same building where Col Chauhan lives on the ground floor - had carried out illegal construction. Having failed to persuade him not to go ahead with this, Col Chauhan approached NOIDA authorities to remove the encroachment which was partially complete.
The attack on him appears to be a preplanned operation orchestrated under the influence of the said ADM.
Colonel Chauhan is from the daredevil Para unit which participated in Hajipir operations, 1971 Indo Pak war and capture of Siachen Glacier. Later he was the Principal of Indian Institute of Mountaineering and Skiing. A decorated soldier who has been awarded 16 medals. Post retirement he has been training the youth of Uttar Pradesh to join the army, free of cost.
The agitated veterans of Noida got together to fight for justice. Colonel Shashi Vaid was the moving force who motivated the veterans and galvanised the support of the media. A Press Conference on the issue was held on August 16 to highlight the highhandedness of those who can utilize their status to harm, and make it clear that the attempt to insult and humiliate the Veterans will not be tolerated.
On August 18,, a protest march was taken to the Shahid Smark in Noida led by Col Chauhan’s wife.. Seeing the gravity of situation DM Noida has transferred the CO and SHO.
But this is not the end of a tale gone wrong.
The rulings will be left to the courts and judges but police high-handedness needs a proactive response by society. Due process of law is normally sidetracked, which entails granting suspects their rights. The police should employ a system of accountability for its officers as standard procedures are not followed. However, the truth still remains that arrests can be made and at the same time handcuffs removed on the basis of phone calls.
(Aviation and Defence Universe)