TOP COPS were yet to come out of gold loot embarrassment that they got a complaint against three constables robbing a car-borne man on Faizabad Road on Thursday.
Despite having identified two erring policemen and confession by one, Additional SP (ASP) Trans-Gomti AK Singh is yet to register a case.
He says, “How can I take action against anybody by receiving a complaint on phone? This way anybody can complain against anybody else. Even homeguards rob people of Rs 5,000. Let somebody come and lodge a complaint.” complaint karne ke liye.”
The victim had called Singh on his cellphone complaining that three cops had robbed him of Rs 5000.
The complainant had reportedly narrated the entire incident to the ASP. He said he was going to Azamgarh on his Ceilo car from Delhi. As he reached the Polytechnic crossing around 8.45 am, he was stopped by a traffic constable.
The constable asked for the documents and the man showed the papers. While the constable was checking them, two more constables appeared there. The trio threatened the man that his car would be seized as he didn’t have a long-distance travel permit.
The cops allegedly demanded a sum of Rs 5000 if he (the man) wanted to avoid ‘action’. The man requested the cops to let him go. The cops, however, snatched Rs 5000 from the victim before allowing him to go, the complainant told the ASP.
The ASP, instead of asking the complainant, replied that he would look into the matter and disconnected the phone.
The matter, however, passed on to CO Gomti Nagar RN Singh and the latter initiated probe into it. The complainant had referred the name of one of the constables as Faiz Ahmed Siddiqui.
The CO launched a search enquiring about a constable with the same name posted in the city. It was late on Thursday night that he came to know that Faiz posted at the Hazratganj police station.
CO RN Singh contacted SP (East) AS Rai who handed over Faiz to him.
In the course of interrogation, Faiz claimed that he was returning to his Chinhat residence after his duty on Thursday morning. He saw two constables harassing a car-borne man. He intervened and forced the two to return Rs 400 out of Rs 1500 ‘extorted’ from the victim, Faiz claimed.
He further claimed he was unaware of the identity of traffic constable while another constable was Riyaz Ahmed posted in Hardoi.
CO RN Singh said he had sent the report to the SSP about Faiz’s involvement while he was waiting for the complainant to get a case registered.