FAMILY ILLEGALLY ARRESTED, VIOLATION OF LOCKDOWN: POLICE3 min read

-Shreeya Shukla




A British woman accused Madhya Pradesh Police of unlawfully arresting her 29-year-old brother Sohail Hughes. As per the report in the British daily, Hughes lives in Dewsbury in the UK and had flown to India in February to return on 13th May.

“Sohail Hughes, 29, had been on the extended holiday to visit his family in Gujarat region before undertaking pilgrimage of mosques when he was detained the last month,” his sister Aatika told. A British woman says that her brother was unlawfully arrested during lockdown by MP Police, this leads to leaders to write to CM.

“He was forced to take the refuge in the mosque at Bhopal after being caught out by swiftly implemented lockdown laws requiring the people to stay off the streets. Sohail, alongside the dozens of other men, had his passport seized before being kept in the quarantine for more than a month inside the hostel,” Aatika, further said. A British woman says that her brother was unlawfully arrested during lockdown by MP Police, this leads to leaders to write to CM.

The incident prompted the Rajya Sabha member as well as Congress leader Vivek Tankha to write to the CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan to withdraw the charges and at the same time release the man.

“The family, the British government & British media complain that a British national has been detained for spreading the coronavirus as well as violating the visa regulations after being caught in the mosque with other people when in fact, he has been repeatedly tested negative for coronavirus,” Tankha said in the letter, a copy of which he attached with a Twitter post on Monday. A British woman says that her brother was unlawfully arrested during lockdown by MP Police, this leads to leaders to write to CM.

ADG of police at Bhopal Upendra Jain said, “When we came to know about people at NizamuddinMarkaz were found positive of COVID-19 & many others who stayed with them visited at different parts of the country, we searched all mosques in Bhopal that led to the detention of members of 32 jamaats including the 7 foreign jamaats. Each of jamaats had about 14 – 15 members. In all, 74 foreign nationals, as well as few other Indians with each jamaat who accompanied them, were detained.”

He said, “Sohail Hughes was staying in the mosque at Ahata Rustam Khan at Shyamala Hills with another Briton & 12 others from the Ivory Coast. As per our investigation, he was a part of the jamaat and at the same time staying in the mosque. He was preaching his religion which was a violation of tourist visa conditions.”

“All of them were detained &were later booked for the violation of tourist visa and under sections 188 (violation of order promulgated by the government), 269 (negligently doing any act known to be likely to spread infection of any disease dangerous to life) and 270 (Malignantly doing any act known to be likely to spread any disease dangerous to life) of Indian Penal Code (IPC),” said Jain further.

The police officer said that these people were been produced before a local court on 15thMaywhich sent them to jail under the judicial custody for 14 days.

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