Mumbai Police Registers FIR Against Additional DGP Deven Bharti, ACP Deepak Phatangare For Not Registering Case Against A Bangladeshi Woman

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Mumbai, 10th December 2021: An FIR has been registered against three persons including Additional Director General (ADG) Deven Bharti, ACP Deepak Phatangare for allegedly not filling a case against a Bangladeshi woman who is alleged to have used fake documents to prove she was an Indian citizen.

The woman, Reshma Khan, is the wife of Hyder Azam Khan, BJP Mumbai vice-president and head of its minority cell.

According to police, while checking documents submitted for passports Reshma’s documents were found to be fake. Special Branch officer Deepak Kurulkar, who conducted the probe, said that the West Bengal government department in 24 Pargana district has certified that there is no record of the document submitted by Reshma as her birth certificate.

Kurulkar said that he had written to Malwani police station – under whose jurisdiction Reshma resided – seeking an FIR be registered against her.

Kurulkar, who retired in 2017, however, said that the senior inspector Phatangare told him he had orders from senior IPS officer Bharti to not register an FIR. Kurulkar further added that Bharti later told him not to investigate the matter as Reshma was related to a person “who occupies a big post in BJP.” Kurulkar had mentioned this earlier in an enquiry being conducted by current acting DGP Sanjay Pandey.

Pandey had submitted a report to the state government. Recently the crime branch had been asked to conduct an investigation into these allegations. After the CIU found the allegations to be true, they approached the Malwani police to register an FIR against Reshma, Phatangare and Bharti.