Another impressive episode on Crime Patrol on 25-05-2012, about a boy spending one year in jail for the crime he did not commit at all. It all started with a complaint on robbery of wallet which consisted of Rs.200 and few credit cards, the police was onto it in a flash and took Shamsuddin Fakruddin aged 19 in to custody just because he had exactly Rs.200 with him. Days passed into months but the case was dragged mindlessly without giving bail to the boy even though the boy had no criminal background to his credit and no conclusive evidence was presented by police to prove him guilty.
The boy kept on insisting his innocence and also the fact that his whole family was dependent on him fell into deaf ears. But after many months his bail was okeyed for Rs.10,000 but as he couldn't pay the bail surety he was remained in judicial custody.Shamsuddin's family heavily dependent on him lost out regular income which resulted in Shamsuddin's fathers death due to poor health ( could have been saved if money was sent regularly as usual ). Death of his father shattered Shamsuddin and he accepted the crime he didn't commit at all so that he could be freed at once. His sentence was of 3 months but as he stayed for 11 months in jail he was released immediately.
This story shows the lack of conviction and pity in people especially police and magistrate who showed biased attitude towards Shamsuddin.
- Firstly how on earth did the police come to the conclusion that Rs.200 found with Shamsuddin was same as the stolen one (Shamsuddin insisted that those money were his hard earned money) and also no credit cards were found with him so how could they label him as thief.
- Secondly how these small things raised above were not noticed by magistrate and also the fact, theft carries a sentence of three months so even after spending more than three months in jail why was Shamsuddin denied bail and rubbing salt to wounds a surety of Rs.10,000 for a theft of Rs.200 doesnt make sense.