THE SITAPUR police on Monday arrested a trader Kailash Chandra Agarwal from a city area. This was, however, done in a surreptitious manner forcing the family members of the trader to approach the Naka police and lodge a case of abduction. The Lucknow cops, who were kept in the dark by their Sitapur counterparts, obviously went into a tizzy.
They had only one clue that the abductors had left behind a police cap, as was told to them by the Agarwal family, which lives in Galla Mandi here. Later in the day, the Sitapur police, however, informed the police here that they had arrested Agarwal for alleged nonpayment of Rs 22.65 lakh to Sanjeev Pandey, manager of SK Flour Mills on Hardoi Road under Ramkot police station. Pandey, they said, had lodged an FIR against Agarwal.
The fact that they chose to visit the city discreetly, without informing even the police station concerned, had the local cops confused for most part of the day.
DGP Bua Singh late on Monday night directed SP Sitapur Dawa Sherpa to suspend inspector Rajendra Yadav, who led the Sitapur police team in the operation. Sherpa later admitted that his men committed a wrong by not informing the Lucknow police about their operation. Now the big question: Why did the Sitapur police act in the manner they did? City cops said the Sitapur cops, led by Yadav from Ramkot police station, arrived at Lucknow around 5.30 am on Monday and ‘arrested’ Agarwal near the Arya Nagar canal at about 7.15 am. “It’s surprising. Such arrests are made only if someone is an anti-national and when you do not want the news to become public. Now that it is clear that it was a case of nonpayment, it beats all imagination why the Sitapur police was in such a tearing hurry,” said a cop posted at the SSP office.
The family members of the trader were no less amused. Reports said the Agarwal’s family after reaching Sitapur entered into an altercation with the police over the manner of the arrest.