ANYONE AND everyone seems to be in a mood to ride roughshod over the men in khaki. After Tuesday’s bonnet ride, today a cop faced the wrath of men in black.
At the Parivartan Chowk in Hazratganj on Wednesday night, a group of heavily drunk lawyers not only manhandled the in-charge (sub-inspector) of the Stadium outpost but also threatened him with dire consequences.
The incident took place when outpost in-charge S-I AP Singh arrived at the liquor shop close to the outpost hearing some clamour around. Singh found three persons hurling expletives and shouting at each other. Singh snubbed the trio for having liquor in a public place and creating ruckus. While the S-I was asking the three to leave the place one of them started hurling expletives at the cop.
Angry with the response, the cop hit the man. This infuriated the trio and they started making calls to their colleagues.
Meanwhile, the S-I apprehended that he had invited trouble for taking on lawyers. He immediately sought help of his seniors. The SHO rushed to the scene accompanied with PAC personnel.
Such is the power of lawyers that the Station house officer (SHO) Hazratganj was seen pleading with them to ‘forgive’ the S-I. Despite the SHO’s pleas, the drunken lawyers continued to issue threats to the cops. The lawyers said that they would return with their colleagues to teach the police a lesson.
However, despite repeated calls, none of their lawyers turned up at the place. The SHO locked the outpost and sent the S-I to the police station.
It was in 2004 only that a petty brawl between the then Stadium outpost in-charge and a senior lawyer had led to a pitched battle between advocates and the police. Not only was the then district magistrate and the SSP manhandled by the group of violent lawyers but dozens of policemen, including senior officials, too had suffered critical injuries.
SUICIDE: Pappu Chauhan, employed in a shop was found hanging from the ceiling of a room in the shop in Bazar Khala on Wednesday. Pappu (19) a resident of Umaria village in Itaunja, used to stay back at the shop for the night. The motive behind the teenager taking the extreme step was yet to be known.