Other side of vehicle checking, a la UPP
THE LUCKNOW Police simply can?t resist being at it, no matter how serious director general of police (DGP) Bua Singh sounds while dreaming about the complete makeover he plans to effect to improve the sagging image of the UP Police.india Updated: May 16, 2006 00:49 IST
THE LUCKNOW Police simply can’t resist being at it, no matter how serious director general of police (DGP) Bua Singh sounds while dreaming about the complete makeover he plans to effect to improve the sagging image of the UP Police.
Giving another jolt to the DGP’s plan, policemen here robbed the acquaintances of Vidhan Sabha Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey, not once but twice in different parts of the city on the pretext of vehicle-checking in the wee hours on Monday.
As things stand now, SSP Ashutosh Pandey has (of course on Speakers’s instance) asked SP (East) Rakesh Pradhan to probe the matter.
The incident took place when Mohammad Muslim, a native of Itwa village, Siddhartha Nagar, who has his business in Mumbai, was going to his village on his Bolero jeep (MH 05-1530). Muslim was accompanied by his relatives Qamar Alam and the driver Islam.
They were passing by the Hazratganj crossing when two constables waved the driver to stop. As the jeep stopped, two more persons in civvies identifying them as policemen arrived there. While one of the policemen occupied the driver’s seat others took the seats in the back.
The policemen even assaulted Qamar Alam when he offered resistance. The cops took the jeep near Raj Bhawan and started threatening to challan the vehicle as its window panes were filmed. They asked for Rs 5000 if he (Muslim) did not want to get the vehicle seized.
Muslim even requested the cops that he was going for his daughter’s marriage for which they had already spent a hefty sum. However, finally a deal was struck for Rs 1000. Though the victims coughed up the money, one of the cops accompanied them up to Chinhat in the vehicle directing them to continue their journey towards Barabanki. The policeman left the vehicle after threatening them not to tell anybody about the incident.
Muslim later informed his acquaintance Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey about the matter. Pandey immediately asked them to come over to his residence at Mall Avenue.
While Muslim and others were heading towards the place, two other policemen stopped them near Gandhi Setu. The cops here asked them to give Rs 2000. The charge this times – “travelling a long journey without due permission”. Muslim somehow convinced them giving Rs 1500 and went straight to Pandey’s residence and narrated the entire episode.
Pandey immediately called up the SSP who reached the Hazratganj police station and recorded the statement of the victims. The SSP has asked the SP (East) for an identification parade of those policemen deputed at Hazratganj last night.