Mar 06, 2011 News
Seelall Babulall, of Lot 355 Tuschen North, is afraid of physical and psychological harm at the hands of ‘officers’ of the South Tuschen Community Policing Group (CPG)
The man said that his neighbour called “Shantie” had filed a complaint at the Leonora Police Station that Babulall had poisoned her golden apple tree.
This neighbour and Babulall had encountered problems some five years ago, but to the man’s knowledge, there was never another offence committed by either party’s side until now.
On Tuesday, last, three members of the said CPG visited Babulall’s residence around midday and began pounding on his door. He was asleep. He said that when he opened his door, the three men who were dressed in civilian clothing showed no proof of identity, yet claimed to be “police officers” and proceeded to arrest him.
He explained that he told the men that he belonged to the North Tuschen CPG but they continued to arrest him and placed him in a black car that was parked outside his yard. He said that they handcuffed him and as he was pushed into the waiting car he noticed his neighbour ‘Shantie’ standing outside, looking on.
When they all went into the vehicle, one of the men called out to ‘Shantie’ to sit in the vehicle so that they could continue their journey. The CPG ‘officers’ then took Babulall to their “base” and told him that they would charge him with “attempted murder”.
Babulall said that he was clueless even when they took him to the Leonora Police Station where he was questioned by a Sergeant about his crime.
It was reported that he told the officer “I do nothing, I fear nothing” and with that the rank ordered him to take off his boots and enter the cell. During the evening while he was locked up at the Station, the three CPGs went to his home around 11:00pm and surrounded his house and while “beating down the door”.
His wife and two teenage sons were fast asleep and awoke to the men shouting “Open the door!”
Babulall’s 16-year-old son ran to the roof and his 15-year-old brother rushed to hide under the bed while their mother opened the door. The men barged in and took the young boys to the Leonora Police Station while telling them “We is the four-hour death squad… Don’t interfere with the woman next door!”
This event caused Babulall’s wife to become ill and she had to be taken to the Best Hospital for treatment. She is still admitted at the hospital and is undergoing treatment. The boys were released the said night however the CPGs keep threatening the young boys whenever they are spotted in public areas and at the boy’s workplace.
Babulall identified one of the men as Asgar Ally, who hit him hard across his back when he was being arrested the day at his home and another man, who he claims kicked him and “shoved” him into the black vehicle that was used to transport him to the Leonora Police Station.
The man stated that he went to the Leonora Police Station to lodge a complaint. However on his first visit, the officer on duty were reluctant to take a statement but this time around they took the report concerning his sons being harassed and threatened.
Head of the Community Policing Group, Shaheed Ahmad said that his men were sent to Babulall’s home following a report that the man damaged his neighbour’s property. He said that he was later instrumental in securing Babulall’s release.
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