CALL IT a show of ego or high-handed attitude to save the guilty policemen, the cops are trying to hush up the Rs 5,000 loot case by getting it stuck in a procedural rigmarole. Senior cops still maintain that they have not received the complaint of three car-borne youths. The policemen at the SSP camp office also deny having received the fax two days back.
The policemen on duty reportedly told the complainant that they only accept official letters on the fax machine at SSP’s office. The cops advised the complainant to send his complaint through registered post.
Now, the complainant—Rajkumar Yadav, a caretaker with Akashardham Temple, Delhi, says none of his brothers (the victims) could come to Lucknow for lodging an FIR as his sister-in-law was battling for life at BHU Hospital, Varanasi. Yadav said the victims—Pappu, Dabloo and Lalman would reach Lucknow soon as soon as the kin gets well.
On the other hand, one of the erring constables Faiz Ahmed Siddiqui confessed to his crime and was placed under suspension by the SSP on Friday, no effort has been made to trace the remaining two constables. Siddiqui had identified one of his associates as Riyaz Ahmed and feigned ignorance about other’s identity.
CO Gomti Nagar RN Singh said Riyaz had been posted with Lucknow police for several years before he was transferred to Hardoi. They were collecting information about his whereabouts. Identity of another accused in the case was not possible till Riyaz is interrogated, Singh said.
He, however, said they were in regular contact with complainant Yadav and were waiting for the victims or the complainant.