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Police put the cart before the horse

india Updated: Nov 15, 2006 01:22 IST
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PLAYING WITH sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been an age-old tactic of the police and Lucknow police is no exception.

Although the Station House Officers (SHOs) of Malihabad and Naka today worked out separate cases of murder and robbery respectively, they had, when the two incidents took place, underplayed the cases showing them as that of an attack during a theft in Malihabad and a forgery in Naka. As the accused were arrested and the booty was recovered the cops altered the cases into actual sections of the IPC.

In Naka, a gang of miscreants had robbed a minister’s kin Rakesh Ranjan of Rs 4.5 lakh on October 18. The victim had informed the police that he was looted at gunpoint. But, the cops had then snubbed him and registered a case of forgery. While probing the case, SSP’s special operation group team arrested three members of the gang including its kingpin Nasim alias Nawab alias Pundit.

Others were identified as Mohammad Zakir and Syed Azad Hussain Shah. One of the gang members Surendra managed to give police the slip.

The police recovered Rs 4.5 lakh from the possession of the accused who confessed to have robbed Rakesh that day. The SSP later asked the Naka police to alter the case into that of a robbery.

In Malihabad, a 55-year-old man Jiyalal of Khadta village was found murdered near his tube-well on Monday morning. Ram Prasad, who claimed himself as son-in-law of Jiyalal, had informed the police about the incident. The cops did not register a case of murder and showed it as a case of theft during which Jiyalal was attacked succumbed to his injuries later. The case was registered under section 460 of the IPC.

When some villagers tipped off the senior officials about the involvement of Ram Prasad in the murder, the Malihabad police were asked to pick up the suspect for interrogation. Ram Prasad later confessed to have eliminated Jiyalal with the help of his aides Haripal and Rajendra Pasi. Ram Prasad revealed that Jiyalal’s daughter Santosha was married elsewhere but he had developed illicit relation with her. Santosha had eloped with Ram Prasad and they had started living with Jiyalal. Since Ram Prasad was forcing Jiyalal to transfer the ownership of land in his name and Jiyalal had resisted the same, Ram Prasad killed him.

No sooner the case was worked out, the police altered the case into that of a murder and lodged it under section 302 of IPC today.