WHAT PREVENTS senior superintendent of police GK Goswami from initiating legal action against two Special Operations Group constables who allegedly robbed Allahabad-based traders of four kg gold worth Rs 36 lakh?
Brothers Sonu and Tinku, the victims, identified constables Sushil Pachauri and Alok Singh and sub-inspector (S-I) Santosh Singh on Wednesday. Santosh, who is posted in Bahraich at present, was with the Chief Minister’s security wing at one time. He had earlier worked with the Lucknow SOG. The victims identified the accused after photographs were shown to them.
Had the accused not been policemen, all legal formalities would have been initiated by the police station concerned. The police immediately name the accused in a case soon after his role is established in the offence. If the accused is absconding, the investigating officer (IO) seeks an arrest remand from the court and later goes in for an order to attach the property of the accused. Though the process of seeking court orders often takes a month, the cops get it within a week or 15 days, if it is required soon.
However, despite having evidence against the policemen, the SSP kept mum on the matter. Top cops sent the accused feelers to surrender before the SSP.
All that the SSP has done so far is place the erring policemen under suspension.
Though Pachauri and Alok Singh faced charges of being close to gangsters, they enjoyed patronage of senior police officials in the crime branch. Alok and Pachauri were part of the Crime Branch team (SOG) which has done ‘good work’ over the past two months.
Senior Crime Branch officials admit that activities of two constables were suspicious. For instance, Pachauri owns a Maruti car even though he does not belong to an affluent family. Alok, too, owns assets disproportionate to his sources of income.