Woman IPS officer questions MLA’s allegations of ‘police brutality’ in new FB post
Radha Mohan Das Agarwal, a BJP MLA from Gorakhpur Sadar, termed Charu Nigam’s act of expressing outrage through the social media as a serious violation of rules.lucknow Updated: May 09, 2017 18:16 IST
Woman IPS officer Charu Nigam on Tuesday posted a fresh message on her Facebook wall, questioning the allegations levelled against her by BJP MLA Radha Mohan Das Agarwal with regard to the “harsh treatment” meted out to a group of women agitating against liquor shops in Gorakhpur earlier this week.
A day after the incident, which occurred on Sunday, Agarwal had accused Nigam of kicking an expectant mother, assaulting a 70-year-old woman and pushing a minor into a pit. Denying the allegations, Nigam’s new post stated: “Logic is failing its ground! Has any lathi charge, that too hitting a pregnant woman & old lady so claimed, ever gone uncovered?”
Nigam, circle officer at the Gorakhnath police station, claimed that no incident of such brutality would have gone unnoticed by the media. The MLA’s allegedly abrasive behaviour had left the police officer teary eyed on Sunday, although she later said it should not be seen as a sign of weakness.
Her latest post came soon after the alleged victims backed Agarwal’s charges against Nigam at a press conference on Monday. Repeated efforts to contact the IPS officer went in vain.
Agarwal, an MLA from Gorakhpur Sadar, termed Nigam’s act of expressing outrage through the social media as a serious violation of rules. “As a police officer, she must be aware of the service guidelines laid down for every government employee. Taking to the social media to put forth her stand is a serious violation of the same. If she had differences with an elected MLA, she should have used appropriate platform to put forth her stand,” the lawmaker told HT.
At Monday’s press conference, all the three victims – 30-year-old Seema, 70-year-old Phoola Devi and eight-year-old Prince – had backed the four-term MLA’s allegations of police brutality against anti-liquor protesters. Agarwal also announced a sit-in protest at the neighbourhood Gandhi statue on May 10 to demand the closure of all unlicensed liquor shops in the city.
The Congress came out in support of Nigam, with activists staging a march on Tuesday. District Congress general secretary Anwar Hussain, who led the march, said: “The way the MLA publicly rebuked the woman IPS officer was not right. She was only trying to restore law and order, as her responsibilities as a police officer entailed. Agarwal asked the protesters to block the road, which resulted in traffic snarls and affected ambulances services. The Congress workers have taken to the streets in Charu Nigam’s support.”
Meanwhile, Chiluatal police booked 50 unidentified people, including six women, for attacking Nigam during the clash between law-enforcers and anti-liquor protesters on Sunday. She sustained minor injuries in the incident.