Cops failed to act promptly
HAD THE Thangaon police station acted promptly on the information about the killing of five persons at Shankerpur village, another 10 lives would have been saved.india Updated: Nov 18, 2006 01:30 IST
HAD THE Thangaon police station acted promptly on the information about the killing of five persons at Shankerpur village, another 10 lives would have been saved.
The villagers had called up the police station located about five kilometres from the spot intimating about the murders around 2 am. While the station officer (SO) Chandrashekhar Singh was untraceable, the policemen on duty ignored the information saying there was no police force available to visit the spot. Saghan Mishra and his gang continued firing at will around the village for an hour and left unscathed after killing 10 persons by 6.15 am. And, the police reached the scene at 7.50 am.
Additional DG (Law and order) Padman Singh, IG Lucknow Zone AK Gupta (recently promoted as ADG), DIG Range Subhash Chandra and Commissioner, Lucknow RK Mittal were among top officials who visited the spot. But, none of these officials held local police responsible for their lackadaisical attitude leading to the mayhem.
The panicky cops summoned circle officers, SHOs and SOs from Lucknow, Hardoi and Lakhimpur Kheri for deployment in the village. But, the deployment of PAC men and the police force could not restore confidence among the residents of the village housing about 100 families. Most of the residents are Brahmins and Tiwari’s supporters and they all fear attack by Saghan and his gang.
Meanwhile, Station officer Thangaon Chandrashekhar Singh was suspended following the incident. The suspension was confirmed by IG Zone AK Gupta.