Caller held for threatening activist Shabnam Hashmi
The man who impersonated as a Delhi Police officer and threatened Human rights activist Shabnam Hashmi has been arrested by special staff of South East district police.
The man identified as Harender Mallik was arrested from Gaziabad in UP.
In a telephonic conversation, the accused threatened to kill Hashmi in an encounter if she is not having a valid Adhaar card, using obscene language
"The stalker used to call randomly on unknown numbers at night after consuming liquor. His motive was to talk to women," said DCP South East Romil Baaniya.
Hashmi runs an NGO by the name of 'Pehchaan' and teaches women school dropouts and also organises sewing classes in Jaitpur in south east district.
On July 14, one of her student's husband received a call from a person who introduced himself as Delhi Police sub inspector Sandeep Mallik and asked him to come to Lajpat Nagar police station.
When Hashmi called the person to inquire the reason he started abusing her and threatening her.
The man said that an initiative to "surround and kill"(Ghero aur Maaro) had been launched against those who did not have an Aadhaar card or other identity proof.
The conversation was recorded by Hashmi on her mobile phone and handed over to police.
"We verified from Lajpat Nagar and found that there is no person by the name of Sandeep Mallik, so we started tracking the phone number provided by Hashmi and found that a man was calling from Loni in Gaziabad. We immediately sent a team and arrested the imposter," Baaniya said.
The man is a knitting machine mechanic and is suffering from Polio.
Police said that the 41 year old man was unmarried and is originally from Shamli in Uttar Pradesh.
"It's really scary how a man could call and threaten impersonating as a police officer. Though I am relived that the man is caught by cops," said Shabnam Hashmi.
Police said that the man has admitted making several calls to random numbers in search for women.
The cops have booked him under sections 419/506/509