In yet another case of operational lapse on part of the Uttar Pradesh Police, cops in Firozabad have ended up sending a notice to a dead person and included him in a list of people who could ‘hamper peace’ during the ongoing anti-CAA protests.
Following violent protests in Firozabad, the local police, as a precautionary measure, sent notices to 200 people under Section 107/16 of the IPC, according to News18.com.
Among the 200, was Banne Khan, who reportedly died around six years ago.
Speaking to News18, Khan's son Mohammad Sarfaraz confirmed the incident and said the police should have conducted a "proper inquiry".
"I also have my father's death certificate," Sarfaraz said.
Notices Sent to 90-Year Old Bedridden People
Apart from Khan, a few other 90-plus year old men have also been sent notices.
According to a report by ABP News, a 93-year-old social worker Fasahat Mir Khan, too, was slapped with a similar notice.
“He is a social worker and had the honour to meet former president (APJ Abdul) Kalam at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. I do not understand why he was sent such a notice,” his son told ABP News.
According to NDTV, notices were issued to both the men, they were asked to appear before a government magistrate and apply for bail after submitting a bond of Rs 10 lakh. The Uttar Pradesh government says this was an error and will be rectified.
"There was a lot of pressure on us to maintain peace and these were interim measures taken based on reports from various police stations," Firozabad City Magistrate Kunwar Pankaj Singh was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. "No action will be taken against any elderly people," he added.
Another report by Hindi daily Jansatta reported that 90-year-old Shufi Ansar Hussain, who served at the local Jama Masjid for 58 years, has also been named in the list.
(With inputs from News18, ABP News and Jansatta)