aimoor Nagar residents held a mahapanchayat on Saturday to demand a probe into the drug racket operating from Indira Camp JJ colony.
It was attended by the wife and children of slain antidrug crusader Rupesh Basoya. Hours before the event, locals caught three drug peddlers near Basoya’s house and staged a protest against police for allowing them to operate.
During the event, Basoya’s brother Umesh demanded a probe by Crime Branch. They mahapanchayat also had 360 members of the nearby village RWAs and together they declared Basoya a martyr who was silenced as he was vocal about the illegal trade. The RWA members also threatened to go on an agitation unless the JJ colonies that were set up illegally were dismantled. The family also demanded compensation and a job for Basoya’s widow.
Political leaders like BJP MPs Maheish Girri and Ramesh Bidhuri, along with rebel MLA Kapil Mishra, also attended the programme.
The people said the slums attract hundreds of buyers from all over NCR. Several drug modules are active in the area and allegedly running from tea stalls and grocery shops. For the peddlers, business begins at 8pm and are conducted from makeshift shacks that are dismantled overnight.
“One of the two peddlers caught by us this morning claimed to be a resident of Sangam Vihar who had come to buy ganja. They openly mention the dealers and their location, but no one has ever taken any action,” said Shiv Kumar, a former member of the area RWA.
According to them, bylanes of Taimoor Nagar have become drug peddling zones. Customers come there and hand over chits mentioning the products they need. The products are handed over to them in sealed pouches. “We are giving an ultimatum to the government to crack down on these criminals. Clearing slums of peddlers is the only homage we can pay to my dead brother. We will continue to fight until the whole place is sanitised,” said Mahesh Kumar, Basoya’s cousin.
“The peddler nabbed by the locals, identified as Devender, claimed that he had bought drugs from a notorious peddler named Kabadi who has been openly selling his wares even after police raids,” said Kumar.
The people also demanded that MCOCA be slapped on the peddlers.
Meanwhile, Basoya’s killer Akash claimed during interrogation that the opened fire as Basoya came in the way while they were fleeing from the crowd. He said he was randomly firing his weapon; but when he saw Basoya on the road, instead of asking him to move, he fired at him.
The mahapanchayat had people from other village RWAs too