that in-charge Surat Commissioner of Police, D N Patel, called
their representatives "Pakistanis and Bangladeshis" when they
recently went to meet him over an ongoing anti-CAA protest in
When contacted, Patel refused to comment on the
allegation saying he would give his reply to the government.
In a letter addressed and e-mailed on February 28 to
Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat and state Home Department,
the state chapter of Jamiat-E-Ulema-E-Hind alleged that Patel
misbehaved with their representatives when they went to meet
him over the anti-CAA protest going on at Shirin Bagh in
Surat''s Rander area.
Surat Commissioner of Police (CP), R B Brahmbhatt, is
currently on leave. In his absence, Patel, a senior IPS
officer, who is the Additional CP, has been holding charge of
Jamiat claimed that on the lines of Shaheen Bagh in
Delhi, women have been staging a sit-in against the
Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the National Register of
Citizens (NRC) since last 22 days in a peaceful manner.
In the letter, the organisation alleged its delegation
went to meet Patel to request him not to take any coercive
action against the agitating women at Shirin Bagh.
"When we went to request him to let this peaceful
protest continue, he insulted us and labelled the delegation
as Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. We urge you to ensure that
officials do not discriminate among the citizens and behave
properly with people," the letter said.
Patel said he would give his reply directly to the
government over the allegations.
"I do not want to comment on what they have to say.
When time comes, I will furnish my reply to the government if
I am asked to do so," said Patel. PTI COR PJT PD