A serving Inspector General of Police created a lot of furore in bureaucratic circles here, in Lucknow, for sitting with beggars and staging a dharna at Bade Hanuman temple at Sangammela grounds in Allahabad.
The IGP took off his uniform and sat wearing a vest and shorts among beggars.
IGP Railways RN Singh sat in protest against beating up of his men by followers of Baghambari Gaddi Mahant Acharya Narendra Giri who looks after the temple that draws huge crowds on Sangam banks.
The top cop claims that the land grabbed by the Mahant is his own but the Mahant's riposte is that he has given a good sum of money to the IGP for charitable work but he continues to demand more money and was trying to usurp trust property.
Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government has suspended Inspector General of Police, Railways RN Singh with immediate effect for staging dharna and lowering the dignity of his uniform and badges. He is an IPS of 1983 batch.
On the other hand, the IGP said that he has every right as a common citizen to stage protest against alleged misappropriation of land by the saint. Even while being a police officer his right of a citizen cannot be abridged.
This is the second incident of a high-ranking officer indulging in act that is considered misconduct. Sometime ago, another IPS officer DP Panda wore saree, bangles and posed as "Doosri Radha" or a devotee of Lord Krishna.
Meanwhile former Director general of Police Shri Ram Arun and Kanhaiya lal Gupta has justified his supension. Gupta says, "Such an officer cannot command fear of his subordinates."
Arun said, "Even in the eyes of criminals such an officer would appear to be a buffoon."