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Narhi tough too rough for Ganj cops?

india Updated: Nov 14, 2006 00:09 IST

HAZRATGANJ POLICE remained tight-lipped as ex-Samajwadi Party (SP) corporator Atul Yadav alias Bantu Yadav hurled choicest abuses at the SHO in the presence of the entire police station staff on Sunday night.

Bantu Yadav was forcing the SHO to take an accused out of the lock-up and allow him (Yadav) to beat up the man. He humiliates policemen publicly at any pretext anytime. He had even assaulted a sub-inspector of the Delhi Police inside Hazratganj police station two years back. Instead of initiating legal action for causing hurdle in official work SHO PK Singh was seen more concerned pacifying Bantu. The SHO even refused to lodge an FIR against the ex-corporator for committing an illegal act despite directives issued by the senior officials.

Sequence of even began around 9 pm when a Lucknow University (LU) student Anil Sharma, who is also a sales executive with a leading pharmaceutical company, engaged in a brawl with Rajesh of Narhi locality. Sharma, who was a regular visitor to Rajesh’s house for past several years, had reached the paan shop of Rajesh’s grandmother Ram Dulari.

Sharma, accompanied by four of his friends, asked Rajesh to return his Rs 20,000 borrowed by Rajesh in instalments. As the latter refused for the same Sharma started hurling expletives at him forcing Rajesh to pay the sum immediately. The altercation turned violent as Sharma and his friends and Rajesh and some local youths engaged in fisticuffs.

Other local residents too gathered there and pounced upon Sharma and his friends. They assaulted them brutally when Shrama’s friends managed to run away from the scene. The residents dragged Sharma to the police station and got a case registered against Sharma. The latter was thrown behind the bars.

Significantly, Sharma had suffered serious injuries while Rajesh was seen normal.

While the local residents were about to leave the place, Bantu Yadav arrived at the police station along with his aides. Soon after reaching there he started forcing the SHO to take Sharma out of the lock-up. He initially asked the cop to beat Sharma brutally before him. As the SHO denied for the same, Bantu forced the cop to allow him to assault Sharma.

Bantu lost his temper and started creating ruckus at the police station as the SHO requested the ex-corporator not to indulge in illegal act. Bantu not only hurled abuses at SHO Singh but also took off his clothes. He remained in his undergarments for over an hour abusing the cop. Bantu went home around 2 am only after the mediapersons intervened into the matter.

Bantu’s wife has grabbed the seat of corporator in recently held local body election.