WHAT’S NEXT in the Rs 5,000 loot by three cops?
The usual. The police say they have yet to receive a complaint, but the complainant says he duly faxed same on Friday itself.
In a telephonic conversation with HT Lucknow Live, Complainant Raj Kumar Yadav, a caretaker of Akshardham Temple in Delhi said he carries a copy of the confirmation report of the sent fax.
However, SP (trans-Gomti) AK Singh says until the victims appear before the police physically, the incident could not be corroborated. The victims have to identify the erring policemen and then only the appropriate action could be taken.
However, narrating the incident to HT Lucknow Live, Yadav said his brother Lalman and cousins — Pappu and Dabloo — were travelling by car when they fell prey to the three constables on Faizabad Road that day.
The victims were on their way to Lucknow to register a case of loot on Friday but they had returned from Akbarpur after receiving a phone call of a woman family member suffering snakebite. The woman is undergoing treatment at a Varanasi hospital.
He said he had purchased a Cielo car (DL3 CH-8876) for his family members at Jeevanpur in Azamgarh. He handed over the car to his brother Lalman and cousins Pappu and Dabloo and they left Delhi on Wednesday.
He further said as they were passing Faizabad Road, one constable Faiz Siddiqui waved him to stop the car. Lalman, who was driving the vehicle, stopped the vehicle and showed his driving licence and the relevant documents.
The cop took the papers in his possession and asked the trio to take the car to the police station as it has black film on its panes. The youths, however, said they were ready to pay the fine.
But, the constable hurling expletives at them reportedly asked Lalman to drive the car. Lalman even called up Raj Kumar Yadav and the latter requested constable Siddiqui to slap the challan and allow the youths to go. But, Siddiqui reportedly did not relent and forcibly got into the car. Instead of taking the car to the police station Siddiqui forced Lalman to drive the car to a few yards away where two of his accomplices in plain clothes were standing besides the road.
The trio initially forced the victims to hand over the cash they were carrying. As Lalman offered Rs 200 to Siddiqui, the latter lost his temper and allegedly whipped put a country-made pistol and collected Rs 12,780 from Pappu, Dabloo and Lalman. They left merely Rs 600 with Dabloo and threatened the victims to leave the city immediately and dare not to lodge a complaint in this connection.