Days after I posted about the cops in Haryana taking bribes from truckers and then harassing us because the OA had the gumption to object, I came across something worse. At least in our case they harassed us for interfering. But this incident needs to be taken far more seriously than what happened to us.
Some nights ago, a group of young men was picked up by the local police from a bar in Andheri East, Mumbai. The reason given to them for their detainment was that the bar they were drinking at did not have a license to serve alcohol. The youths were released from police custody only the next morning, after people in high places intervened. Read the above linked account of the night by Arun S Ravi.
And worse, the blogger I linked up to, Aditya Mehta has blogged about drunken cops dancing outside a bar in Andheri. I’m quite horrified by the whole thing.
Bombay is supposed to be a better, safer place and at this point you don’t want to waste time on silly arguments over which city is safer or better. This is the time to take stock of where this country is headed if the last safe bastion has cops summarily sweeping young men into jail.
I don’t know if we can send pink chaddis or light candles to object to something like this. But I do know that someone needs to take this seriously. Who? How? Any answers?