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Maya boots out another 3,900 policemen

The Mayawati government in UP on Tuesday booted out 3,964 more constables of the civil police and Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and suspended five more IPS officers.

india Updated: Sep 19, 2007 02:59 IST
M Hasan

The Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday booted out 3,964 more constables of the civil police and Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and suspended five more IPS officers, bringing the total number of such dismissals to 10,468 since the first round on September 11.

The government has also ordered registration of FIRs against all members of the 10 recruitment boards who allegedly committed irregularities in the appointments.

This time, recruitments conducted in Moradabad, Sitapur, Ghazipur, Etah, Gonda, Sonebhadra, Gorakhpur and Fatehpur have been cancelled. The axe has fallen on 3,664 constables of the civil police and 300 of the PAC.

State Principal Secretary (Home) J.N. Chamber told journalists here that the Shailja Kant Mishra Committee had submitted 18 more reports and the government had taken a decision on 10 of them. He said seven reports were currently being scrutinised by the government.

The Maywati government had sacked 6,504 constables on September 11 and registered FIRs against 12 IPS officers and other board members who were responsible for the recruitments. A similar procedure is being followed in filing FIRs against members of these 10 boards.

Officers who were suspended on Tuesday are Ramendra Vikram Singh and Ashok Kumar (both DIGs), B.R. Meena, and Vijay Singh Meena and Neelabja Chaudhury (all SPs). Those found guilty again of committing irregularities -- S.K. Mathur, B.B. Bakhshi, Akhilesh Malhotra and Daljit Singh (all DIGs)-- had already been suspended. Apart from the FIRs lodged by the police against these four officers on September 11, fresh FIRs would be filed, Chamber said.

The government has, however, given a clean chit to DIG Prashant Kumar, who had conducted the recruitment in Saharanpur. But an adverse entry would be made in his annual confidential report, Chamber said.

Resentment was rife among the dismissed constables. Many of them assembled at the

Samajwadi Party headquarters here to meet the former chief minister.

The Allahabad High Court will hear a petition challenging the dismissals on Wednesday.