India Today TV has accessed a letter written by the Delhi Police on Jan 29 requesting the Delhi govt to grant permission to convert a stadium into a temporary prison to detain anti-CAA protesters. The Delhi Police has claimed it never wrote this letter.
The India Today TV has accessed a copy of the letter written by the Delhi Police to the Delhi government seeking permission to set up a temporary jail that could be used to detain people protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in the national capital.
The letter dated January 29, 2020 was written by Additional Commissioner of Police, Rohini district, SD Msira, and was addressed to Delhi government’s principal secretary (home).
The Delhi Police has claimed that it had not written any letter seeking permission to set up a temporary jail.
However, the letter accessed by India Today TV shows that the Delhi Police requested permission to allow it to set up a temporary jail at Jangli Ram Pahiwan Stadium in Nijamplur village in Khanhawala area of Rohini district.
The letter reads: “In view of recently passed Citizenship Amendment Bill -2019, numbers of protests are being held across Delhi. It has been informed through various agencies that some of the protesters may deliberately resort to unconstitutional/violent means and thereby try to disturb the law and order situation in view of the forthcoming Delhi Legislative Assembly election-2020.”
“The protesters will court arrest from various part of Delhi and shall be taken to Jangli Ram Pahiwan Stadium in Nijamplur village, police station Kanjhawala in the area of Rohini district for detention.”
Don’t know why is @DelhiPolice lying on the letter regarding their request for converting Jangli Pahlwan Stadium in Kanjhawala as temporary prison for Anti CAA protestors ahead of #DelhiPolls.. @capt_ivane you can now pursue it with the letter attached.. https://t.co/1kEdRfuz9p pic.twitter.com/PTHQc5zAVI
— Ankit Tyagi (@Ankit_Tyagi01) February 6, 2020
“It is, therefore, requested that necessary approval of the competent authority for setting up temporary jail at Jangli Ram Pahiwan Stadium in Nijampur village, PS Kanjhawala in the area of Rohini district for detention of protestors may kindly be obtained and conveyed to this office at the earliest.”
While refuting the charge that the Delhi Police wrote any letter of this nature, Delhi Police PRO Anil Kumar Mittal said, “No permission was sought for setting up any temporary jail. Kanjhawala falls in the area of Joint Commissioner North Zone and he has declined having any information about this.”
The police also said a request was made for land to house the extra police force that is deployed for election duty.
“A section of the media is running a story claiming a letter was written by the Delhi Police asking the Delhi government permission to convert a stadium in Kanjhawala into a temporary prison. It is clarified that no such letter has been written in recent times. The news is devoid of facts,” the Delhi Police PRO said.
Source: India Today