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Balaghat episode: Wives take lead in bailing out suspended cops

A group of 20-odd women, whose husbands are part of the 5,000-plus police force in Balaghat district, met two senior police officers on Saturday and handed over a memorandum extending support to seven cops facing flak in the RSS pracharak assault case.

bhopal Updated: Oct 16, 2016 19:12 IST
Former BJP MLA Bhagat Netam (talking over phone) outside the Baihar police station in Balaghat on the night of Sept 25.
Former BJP MLA Bhagat Netam (talking over phone) outside the Baihar police station in Balaghat on the night of Sept 25. (HT file )

A group of 20-odd women, whose husbands are part of the 5,000-plus police force in Balaghat district, met two senior police officers on Saturday and handed over a memorandum extending support to seven cops facing flak in the RSS pracharak assault case.

The women demanded that keeping in mind the one-sided action taken against the seven cops in Balaghat during the last two weeks, the government and police higher ups issue written directives to police force in the district not to act at all against RSS, ruling BJP and other saffron outfit workers, even if they commit the most heinous crimes.

In their meeting with IG, Balaghat, G Janardan and SP Amit Sanghi, the group demanded an impartial probe into all aspects of the episode, including stone pelting on cops at the Baihar police station by the mob gathered in support of RSS pracharak Suresh Yadav on the night of September 25.

The three-page memorandum mentioned that the one-sided action against the cops under pressure of RSS and other saffron outfits, despite them discharging their duties religiously has now made the cops in Balaghat fear saffron brigade more than staying alert about the armed Maoists.

The memorandum also mentioned about a 2015 episode of dispute between Rajesh Parte (a cop posted at Balaghat district’s Ukwa police outpost) and Bajrang Dal workers Jaishankar Yadav and Rahul Giri in which the saffron outfit had managed to get both Yadav and Giri freed from police custody.

“Our husbands didn’t do anything wrong, but did their duty for preventing a law and order problem due to an offensive religious post uploaded by the Sangh pracharak on social media,” said Rekha Vijaywar, wife of suspended assistant sub-inspector Suresh Vijaywar. “What has the police done against the mob which pelted stones on cops, attacked police vehicle and showered abuses on Baihar police? Though two FIRs were lodged, the case till date is registered against unidentified men.”