WHEN the chief minister’s securitymen can turn criminals one can imagine the state of security of our VVIPs, forget the common man!
The case in hand is the ‘gold loot’ by two sub-inspectors of the CM’s security set-up, and others recently. Earlier, too, elite cops have been found to be involved in crimes. In 2003 five SOG team members were suspended for extorting Rs 80,000 from a businessman in Lucknow.
The latest on the latest case is that two SOG constables surrendered on Saturday night and one of the two S-Is (of CM’s security) gave himself up on Sunday night. They have been detained. Of the four kgs looted gold (worth Rs 36 lakh), three kgs have been recovered on information from the detained cops.
Taking serious note of the involvement of cops in the crime, Director General of Police (DGP) Bua Singh has asked Inspector General, Lucknow Zone, AK Gupta to work out the case on a priority basis. In turn, the IG has asked SSP GK Goswami to verify the antecedents of all crime branch and SOG members. The SSP has also been asked to identify the tainted policemen posted at different police stations in the state capital and send a report to him.
Meanwhile, unable to cope with the pressure mounted by senior cops, one of the S-Is Brijraj Yadav surrendered before late on Sunday night. Following a tip-off by Yadav, a police team from Lucknow crime branch reached Gorakhpur on Monday and picked up two of his accomplices Subhash Yadav and Neeraj. The duo are property dealers in Gorakhpur. The S-I had claimed that one kg gold was kept with Neeraj. However, the police could not find the booty.
The S-I further said he had joined Gorakhpur Police Lines soon after he got himself relieved from the CM’s residence security on September 20. The loot incident had taken place on September 19. On the other hand, the police team camping in Bahraich recovered two kgs of gold from the residence of another S-I Santosh Singh’s kin Ajit Singh alias Babloo. Ajit is a block pramukh of Hariharpur block. Earlier the cops recovered one kg gold and service pistols of SOG constables Sushil Pachauri and Alok Singh on Sunday night from Ajit’s house.