Bid by ‘followers’ to stop transfer thwarted by senior police officials
FORMER STATION house offer Chinhat police station, Radhey Krishna Sharma, aka ‘paani wale baba’, played his old trick once again of orchestrating an agitation by his ‘followers’ to ensure that he remained posted at the same police station.
Sharma was shunted to the Police Lines after a seized car parked at the police station was taken away by two persons in his presence on Friday.
Protesting the removal of Sharma on Saturday evening, a mob of about 400 persons, led by the inspector’s confidante Virendra Singh, staged a blockade at the Matiari crossing on the busy Faizabad Road around 4 pm.
Sharma had ‘managed’ a similar strong protest about four months back when former SSP Ashutosh Pandey had warned him to stop performing his ‘divine’ practices from the police station.
Sharma used to offer ‘sacred’ water to followers claiming to help treat chronic diseases. Instead of spending time policing, Sharma used to attend to a huge gathering of villagers at the police station everyday. None of the senior officials could ever ‘muster courage’ to initiate action against him ever.
The mob, on Saturday, raised anti-SSP slogans for removing the ‘saintly’ figure from the police station. The mob was shouting that the SSP had committed a crime by initiating action against ‘Sharma sahab’.
Later, Circle officer (CO) Gomti Nagar RN Singh rushed to the scene and snubbed the demanding mob. Singh said Sharma was serving in a disciplined government department and was bound to follow the regulations.
The CO ‘advised’ the people to ask their ‘baba’ to establish an ashram in Chinhat after resigning from the police force. He further advised the mob that their ‘baba’ could ‘serve’ the mankind more effectively in that position.
Sensing that the senior officials would not relent, the mob dispersed after two hours of agitation.
Talking to the HT Lucknow Live, CO RN Singh said majority of the persons among the agitators comprised property dealers and those with a shady background.