PUCL Bulletin, 2003

Gujarat police ignore PUCL complaint

Complain of PUCL regarding unwarranted phone call to mr. Rohit Prajapati & Trupti Shah by an alleged private crime detective agency in the name of crime branch still waiting for the response form the police department of Gujarat.

People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Vadodara
13, Pratap Kunj Society, Karelibaug, Vadodara - 390 018
Phone: +91-265-2464210 Fax No: +91-265-2340223
Email: shanti_pucl@yahoo.com, rt_manav@sancharnet.in, sahajbrc@icenet.net

13th October 2003

Shri S K Sinha
Police Commissioner

Sub: Investigate in the matter of unwarranted phone call to Mr. Rohit Prajapati by an alleged private crime detective agency in the name of Crime Branch.

Dear Sir,
This has reference to the telephonic conversation that my colleague Mr. Rohit Prajapati had with you on October 5, 2003 regarding the unwarranted phone call by an alleged private crime detective agency interfering in our totally peaceful and democratic activities relating to human rights. May be they hope to please their political or vested interest?

We work for the human rights without fear and favour, against exploitation and suppression of rights of the ordinary people.

My colleague, Mr. Rohit Prajapati will provide you all the details on supposedly anonymous phone call with implied threat and blackmail in the name of crime branch using name of the police authority.

It was on 5th October 2003, Sunday night around 9.30 p.m., when a person, who called himself Mr K. K. Sharma, passed on the phone to one Mr D. B. Vyas, who with an authoritarian voice tried to extract information about Mr. Rohit Prajapati and Ms. Trupti Shah’s profession, asking questions like “what kind of social work you do?"

When Mr Rohit Prajapati asked about the credentials of the caller, the party on the phone identified himself as 'Mr. D. B. Vyas' from Crime Investigative Branch. My colleague could find out that Mr. D. B. Vyas was calling from mobile phone no. 9825504304 and he represent not the crime investigative branch but from private detective agency namely ‘RCS Enterprise”. The other party wanted to find out if Rohit Prajapati and Trupti Shah passed on the matter relating to crime to NHRC and also tell others about it. At this stage, when asked, Mr. D. B. Vyas said he spoke from the Crime Investigation Branch.

When my colleague Mr Rohit Prajapati retorted asking about what authority, he had to ask such questions, the caller with a loud and threatening voice said, “you give straight answers about what I ask you”. He repeatedly said this in a menacing voice, with the sole purpose of browbeating Mr Rohit Prajapati.

When Mr Rohit Prajapati called him back on his mobile within 5 minutes and asked “who are you”, he did not give a clear answer and disconnected the phone after similar rhetoric.

Later, Mr Rohit Prajapati informed you about the incident, and you asked for a written complaint and referred the matter to P.I. Mr. D. M. Waghela of PCB.

Hence, I am writing this and demand thorough inquiry about the purpose of making such malicious inquiry. Who has given a power to Mr. D. B. Vyas to investigate the activity of Mr. Rohit Prajapati & Ms. Trupti Shah?
If the members of PUCL are harassed or interrupted like this it will be difficult to function for protection of citizen’s right democratically and legally.
I am sure you will place such elements to book soon and would inform us about your actions.

Thanks and regards

Kirit Bhatt
[Kirit Bhatt]
People’s Union for Civil Liberties


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