Days after the Uttar Pradesh police
the man who made off with urban development minister Azam Khan’s seven buffaloes, they have been put to work by governor Ram Naik to trace a dozen hens stolen from a man.
Farhan Ullah Khan, a resident of Bangla Azad Khan in Rampur district, said he approached the governor for help after police failed to act on his repeated complaints about the hens stolen from his home three months ago.
Khan, who said he is a member of the state’s ruling Samajwadi Party, said he was spurred to act after the police promptly traced the minister’s buffaloes.
“On March 21, thieves entered my house and escaped with 12 hens while the family members were fast asleep. In the morning, I came to know about the theft and informed the police,” he said.
“Instead of lodging a complaint, the cops blamed me for the theft and even ridiculed me. I met senior police officers and drew their attention to the theft. Though they took my complaint, they did nothing to locate the hens.”
Khan said he visited the police station several times to find if any action had been taken on his complaint but was told to go home each time.
“Piqued by the police’s inaction, I decided to seek assistance from Governor Ram Naik. I visited Lucknow and handed over a copy of the complaint to the Governor and requested him to direct Rampur police to search for the missing hens,” he said.
“To my surprise within few days, the cops came knocking on my door. They collected details of the theft and inspected the area from where the birds were lifted,” Khan said.
Governor Naik told Hindustan Times that the “doors of Raj Bhavan are open to the common people”.
“I take cognizance of the complaints send by the people and direct officers to dispose of their grievances. I have given directions to Rampur police to locate the hens of Farhan purely on humanitarian ground. The common people will feel that their complaints are also heard at the highest level,” he said.
A police officer, who did not want to be named, said, “The station house officer of Kotwali police station has been entrusted with the task of locating the hens and nabbing the thief who stole the birds.”
Khan said: “I am a poor person and earn a livelihood by selling hens and doing other petty works. The loss of 12 hens was a big economic loss for my family. If the cops can locate the buffaloes of a minister, then they should also find the hens of a common person.”
Eighteen months after the seven buffaloes were stolen from Azam Khan’s farm house in Rampur, police claimed last week they had arrested the man who allegedly took them away.
Chhunnan was arrested from a forest Moradabad while he and two others were planning a robbery, police claimed. The buffaloes were recovered last year and five other men were arrested and sent to jail in connection with the incident.