Ailing man held over wife’s forgotten’ case – 498A
Mukti, a resident of Birati’s Sarat Bose Lane, had lodged a complaint under Section 498A against Asim, after he allegedly tortured her physically and pressured her to sell off their property. After he was arrested, Mukti an employee of the state health department’s District Family Welfare Bureau herself took the initiative to ensure that he got released.
According to Mukti, the following year, she had filed an affidavit before the Barrackpore court saying she had no grudge against her husband anymore. “It is my mistake that I did not follow up on the case, and thought it got disposed of. Neither did I keep any track of whether I was to appear for the case subsequently,” a tearful Mukti said on Monday.
In the first week of March, officials from Airport police station knocked on her door and mentioned the pending case which, they said, made her husband an “absconder”. A shocked Mukti went to the police station two days later, on March 9, but to no avail.
At 2.30 am that very day, a bus full of central forces and local police eager to present an impressive figure before the Election Commission of the number of non-bailable arrest warrants it has disposed of arrested 58-year-old Asim.
In the past six years, things have changed for the better for the couple. “My husband has a severe heart ailment, and I am worried of what he is going through now,” Mukti said, knocking on the doors of chief electoral officer Sunil Kumar Gupta on Monday.
Asim met with an accident three years ago, which made him almost invalid. He is slated to undergo an open heart surgery in Andhra Pradesh in the first week of April. While Gupta was not in office at the time, Mukti was advised to submit a written complaint.
Mukti, in fact, fears that some people could have used police to get Asim arrested she says she has been harassed for complaining against police in the case involving her husband’s accident and another involving a property dispute.
Dhrubajyoti De, additional SP of North 24-Parganas (Barrackpore) said anyone recorded as an absconder in police records is being arrested. “That is a strong message coming to every police station. However, anyone who is unwell is medically checked, and the court takes everything into consideration,” De argued.
Chief secretary Samar Ghosh said there were “all kinds of cases” among the pending non-bailable arrest warrants. “It would be good if the ones of a more serious nature are segregated and disposed of with priority,” he said.
It is ironic that someone like Majid Master a CPM strongman booked under the Arms Act and in hiding since 2009 publicly appeared at the party’s headquarters on Alimuddin Street last week, but no police officer dared to touch him. On pointing this out, Ghosh said that the CEO had asked the home secretary to submit a report on the incident.