The City police higher-up has placed the police stations of West Zone under the scanner for their failure to contain proliferation of hookah centres which are proving to be a hub of criminal gangs, sources said. Allegations against the police are that the hookah centres are patronised by police stations for obvious reasons.
The issue came up after the police arrested four — Shaik Abdul Kaleem, his brother Shaik Abdul Khader, his associates Akber, and Saif — in connection with the recent illegal detention and torture of one Deepak.
Shaik Abdul Kaleem is a resident of Moosarambagh of Malakpet and a student of law from Mahatma Gandhi college situated at LB Nagar and he was arrested with some others by the City police a few years back in connection with the blast in Macca Masjid. They were charged with terrorism. Kaleem was acquitted later. But the question as to how a person charged with terrorist activity even though acquitted got the permission to run a hookah centre is stonewalled.
When we contacted the inspector of Banjara Hills police station, E Chandra-shekar Goud pleaded he was new to this area and he didn’t quite know about the hookah centres or Kaleem’s status.
However, DCP West Zone M. Stephen Raveendra told Postnoon that Kaleem was running an illegal hookah centre and the police will take action. Meanwhile, the police have closed the hookah centre run by Kaleem on Banjara Hills Road No 3. As senior police officers are unhappy at the unsavoury elements getting police cooperation, history-sheets of Kaleem and some others are being drawn up to present a tough posture.