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Teen vendor arrested over jackfruit, 12 cops suspended

 

DUBAI – A dozen policemen were suspended on Monday after they arrested a teenage vendor who refused to give them a free jackfruit.

The policemen, including two officers-in-charge of Bypass Police Station and Agamkuan Police Station, were found guilty of illegal arrest.

They had detained the vendor, 14, and wrote in their report that he was above the age of 18.

“Action has been taken against a dozen police officials for illegally arresting a minor vegetable seller for his alleged refusal to give jackfruit to police constables of the two police stations,” said Inspector General N.H. Khan on Monday.

According to police officials, an investigation into the incident found lapses in the way police officers dealt with the case.

It was found that they submitted a charge sheet to the court without supervision, and as a result, the teen was summoned to court and later sent to Beur Central Jail. GAD/Expat Media

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