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Saharanpur violence: Lower rank officials may also face action

cities Updated: May 30, 2017 18:34 IST

After senior district administrative officers, the state government is likely to take action against lower rank officers posted in Saharanpur for lapses in duty during the Tuesday visit of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati.

Principal secretary, home, Arvind Kumar said, the four-member team of secretary, home, Mani Prasad Mishra, ADG (law and order) Aditya Mishra, IG, STF, Amitabh Yash, DIG, security, Vijay Bhusan had been directed to submit a detail report on security lapses.

The report should also fix the responsibility of top and lower rank officers posted in the district, he said.

Already, action had been taken against divisional commissioner, NP Agarwal, DIG, JK Shahi, DM NP Singh and SP, Subhash Chandra Dubey.

Now, junior officers like ASP, DSP, SDM and SHOs may face action.

“The green signal for Mayawati’s visit was given after preparing a foolproof security plan. Adequate force was deployed in Shabbirpur and neighbouring villages and the BSP chief was requested not to visit the bordering area of the village dominated by upper caste Thakur community,” a senior government officer said.

The officials were particularly told to ensure the safe return of BSP supporters to villages after the conclusion of the meeting. However, DM and the SSP did not follow the direction, admitted an official.

“They were not present on the spot when the BSP chief was meeting victims and adequate force was not deployed on the route BSP supporters were to take while returning,” he admitted.

When the senior officers in Lucknow came to know about fresh violence, they changed the return route of the BSP chief.

“If the cavalcade of the BSP chief had been attacked, the area had been engulfed in violence,” the officer said.

When chief minister Yogi Adityanath was informed about the fresh violence and death of a person, he ordered the suspension of senior officials.

The newly-appointed DM and SSP have been told to organise a meeting of the influential members of Thakur and Dalit communities to restore harmony. The officers have been also directed to crackdown on the sympathisers of the Bhim Army.

A home department officer said the local intelligence units have been directed to send a report on people funding the Bhim Army.

Though direct involvement of BSP has not come to light, those involved in illegal sand mining and running slaughter houses are on radar of the security agencies.

The officers are also collecting detail of people involved in funding and transporting people to the rally organised by Bhim Army at Jantar Mantar on May 21.

“The fringe groups active in Delhi and West UP had mobilized the people to attend the rally,” an intelligence department officer said.