Pune: To receive accolades and become famous for detection of crime, the Pune police seems to have adopted a practice of framing people. A complaint was filed to Joint Commissioner of Pune Police by 20-year-old Ayasha Sheikh and her family, after she was forced to accept a crime of theft by Crime branch Unit-3, on the basis of a complaint by a bootlegger. He accused her of stealing money on the basis of a fortune teller’s prediction.
She was accused of converting Hindus to Muslims. She and her mother were also accused of prostitution.
Sheikh and her family live in Ambedkar Nagar slums in Market Yard. She was friendly with the wife of Javed Mehboob Sayyad, who lives in the same neighbourhood and deals in illegal sale of liquor. She went to their house for counting the money collected from the sale.
Sheikh submitted a complaint to Ravindra Kadam, Joint Commissioner of Pune police on Tuesday about the atrocities committed by Crime branch Unit-3. She speculates the reason behind the fake complaint was that she informed Sayyad’s wife about his extramarital affairs. Sheikh alleged that Police Inspector Sitaram More of Unit -3 threatened to frame her and her family as terrorists.
Sheikh has alleged that Police Inspector Sitaram More of Unit -3 has threatened to frame her and her family as terrorists. Her family has also harrassed by police inspector Ravindra Babar. She said, “More Sahab assaulted me with belt and then asked one of his junior Anil Ghadge to take me to a lodge, even a lady constable also asked me to go with Ghadge to lodge, after which all of them started laughing.”
According to Sheikh’s complaint, Sayyad came to their house on September 28 and accused her of stealing Rs 25,000 from his house. When she told him to check her house, Sayyad apologised. A few minutes later he came back and accused her of stealing Rs 1.75 lakh.
Sayyad then called the police and said Rs 5 lakh and 20 tolas of gold were stolen from his house by Sheikh.
Sheikh, her parents and brother were taken to Market Yard police station for questioning. They were asked to leave at 6.30 am but on September 29, Sheikh and her mother were asked to report to Crime Branch Unit-3. On September 30, three police officials, including two female officials in civil dress, claimed to have recovered the cash and ornaments from her house.
Sheikh said, “I was not allowed to be with the police officials while they were searching my house. They went upstairs and within 30 seconds, came down claiming that they had recovered the stolen property.”
Police Inspector Sitaram More of Crime Branch Unit-3 said, “We have recovered the amount from her house and it was not planted. We have not told them that they are converting Hindus to Muslims or threatened them with terrorism charges.”
Ravindra Kadam, Joint Commissioner of Police, Pune, said, “We have recieved a complaint and we will conduct an enquiry to take appropriate action.”