Two functionaries of UP’s Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC), a state police unit that is controversial for its handling of communal riots, on Wednesday assaulted each other while on duty at a function attended by chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.
The two policemen — head constable Mukund Chandra Yadav and constable Sunil Dixit of the 10th battalion of the force — bled profusely following their clash in the presence of media persons at the venue of an entrepreneurs’ conclave addressed by the chief minister.
The policemen, now suspended, suffered serious head injuries and were taken to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. An FIR has been lodged against the duo and they are likely to be arrested after they are released from hospital.
PAC jawan Sunil Dixit hits his colleague Mukund Yadav (right) with a lathi outside Indira Gandhi Pratishthan in Lucknow on Wednesday. Ashok Dutta/ HT photos
“Yadav and Dixit have been suspended for indiscipline while performing VIP duty. An inquiry has been ordered against them,” said Vinod Kumar Dohrey, commandant of the PAC’s 10th battalion.
He said departmental action would be initiated after the investigation.
According to the police, it all started when Yadav alleged Dixit was missing at his duty point during the chief minister’s visit. After a heated argument over the issue, they were asked to go to their duty points by their seniors.
The duo initially kept quiet but the brawl erupted again when Dixit abused Yadav and attacked him after the conference ended. Yadav too retaliated and they exchanged blows on the road minutes after the chief minister’s motorcade moved out of the campus.
The clash ended after the intervention of PAC company commander Keshav Nath.