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But, who will drive cops out of 10 flats?

WHEN FLATS are up for grabs, the call of duty can be dumped. And this is precisely what our men in khaki did in Nehru Enclave. They not only grabbed 10 flats in the colony but also had the temerity to set up a police outpost in one of them apparently with the permission of their bosses.

india Updated: May 16, 2006 00:36 IST

WHEN FLATS are up for grabs, the call of duty can be dumped. And this is precisely what our men in khaki did in Nehru Enclave. They not only grabbed 10 flats in the colony but also had the temerity to set up a police outpost in one of them apparently with the permission of their bosses.  

So now you know why the SSP and his subordinates in the Gomti Nagar police station were so reluctant to initiate action against the illegal occupants of the colony. How could they, when it would have been their own colleagues at the receiving end of the baton? At least 10 flats in the colony have been illegally occupied by the men-in khaki, as per the findings of the door-to-survey done by the LDA officials. This includes three flats each in Rupayan and Vatayan and four in Pushpayan category in the enclave.

While a police outpost functions from Pushpayan-218, PAC personnel have virtually turned the remaining nine flats into a police barrack. According to a member of LDA’s survey team, over a dozen policemen reside in each of these flats at any given point of time. But Pushpayan 226 and P-223 are different in this respect. While the former houses only members of the Gomti Nagar Police Station, the latter serves as an exclusive residence of the police circle officer’s driver. Others occupied in the same manner by PAC men include Rupayan 121, R-129, R-130, Vatayan-92, V-93, V-98 and Pushpayan-221.

“I am again sending a letter in this connection to both the District Magistrate and the SSP requesting them to provide adequate police force to enable us to evict the illegal occupants,” said LDA Vice Chairman BB Singh. But what can one expect from an eviction exercise when those whose help is being sought for the drive are themselves lawbreakers? 

 We would be apprising their seniors about this, the LDA VC added. He said instructions had been issued to LDA officials to take immediate possession of the 110 flats that were vacant but under the lock and key of unidentified persons. “We would allot these flats on first-come-first-serve basis,” he said. Singh said that three LDA employees, who were residing in the enclave had paid up and a public notice for other defaulters would be published soon.