Cops, public do not take it ?lightly?
THE AUDACIOUS Tuesday act of the five Kanpur youths in the State capital sparked a public outcry on Wednesday. While a group of lawyers thrashed the five brothers when they were taken to the court, locals in Kanpur?s Kalyanpur threw the belongings of these notorious residents out of their rented house to show they simply disapproved of what they did. Interestingly, the brothers had never paid any rent during their four-year stay in the house, owned by one Akhilesh Tripathi.india Updated: Jun 01, 2006 01:42 IST
THE AUDACIOUS Tuesday act of the five Kanpur youths in the State capital sparked a public outcry on Wednesday.
While a group of lawyers thrashed the five brothers when they were taken to the court, locals in Kanpur’s Kalyanpur threw the belongings of these notorious residents out of their rented house to show they simply disapproved of what they did. Interestingly, the brothers had never paid any rent during their four-year stay in the house, owned by one Akhilesh Tripathi.
The government too reacted to the incident instantly and ordered a heightened traffic drive to check violation of traffic rules.
The brothers had on Tuesday forced CO Chowk to hop on to the bonnet of their jeep and carried him in that state for a good two kilometres comprising the main thoroughfares of the State capital. The latter’s fault was that he had dared to stop their vehicle during a routine traffic drive.
In Lucknow, a group of lawyers pounced upon the brothers no sooner they entered the court premises on Wednesday noon.
The lawyers assaulted the youths brutally. The policemen escorting them remained mute spectators to the incident, which went on for a good 15 minutes. They were later rescued by some senior lawyers and cops and then produced before the magistrate.
Earlier, the brothers refused to divulge much details about their antecedents despite overnight quizzing by the police officials. The youths in fact simply denied to have committed any offence.
Claiming that the red beacon fitted jeep was handed over to them by top Samajwadi Party leader Janeshwar Mishra, the youths said they had been implicated in a false case.
When the youths were quizzed as to what made them do what they did yesterday, the youths replied coolly that the CO upset them by not giving ‘due attention’ to them.
When the cops asked how could they be grandsons of Ram Manohar Lohia when he remained unmarried, there was silence in the room.
On what made them come to Lucknow and where were they going when their jeep was stopped for checking, the youths told the police that they were moving on the jeep spreading principles of Ram Manohar Lohia. They said there would be a strong protest against their arrest soon.
On the reason behind all of them wearing identical dresses, the youths replied that it was their style. Three of them claimed that they were science graduates while the rest were arts graduates.
They also claimed their proximity with an ADG rank officer and revealed about their frequent visits to the DGP headquarters.
All the five brothers— Prithviraj, Harshwardhan, Narayan, Rajwardhan and Uday Pratap — have charges of eve-teasing pending against them.
Claiming to be grandsons of Ram Manohar Lohia and foster son of senior SP leader Janeshwar Mishra, they all dressed in identical clothes and shoes, which made them instantly conspicuous. Their modus operandi was unique. They would visit senior police officials of the city as and when the latter took charge and develop intimacy with them. They would then get themselves photographed with the officials to impress their ‘clients’. Using such props, they extorted money from people assuring to get their work done by police and other departments. No one ever questioned their affiliations to the Samajwadi Party and gullible ones continued to believe their claims.
Kanpur SSP PC Meena, however, never allowed the brothers to get close to him. This was perhaps the reason why they were now trying to operate outside Kanpur.
First Published: Jun 01, 2006 01:42 IST