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Gold loot: Five cops dismissed

LURE OF lucre not only deprived them of their jobs but also landed them behind bars. Taking strong note of the involvement of policemen in the recent gold loot incident in Lucknow, the police administration dismissed all five cops involved in the loot.

india Updated: Sep 29, 2006 01:29 IST
Bhupendra Pandey
Bhupendra Pandey
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Hindustantimes
         

LURE OF lucre not only deprived them of their jobs but also landed them behind bars.

Taking strong note of the involvement of policemen in the recent gold loot incident in Lucknow, the police administration dismissed all five cops involved in the loot.

They included S-Is Santosh Singh and Brijnath Yadav and constables Sushil Pachauri, Alok Singh and Santosh Tiwari. Constable Tiwari was suspended by SSP STF earlier and was transferred to Lucknow district police.

Reports about arrest of S-Is Santosh Singh and Brijnath Yadav have been dispatched to SP Shravasti and SSP Gorakhpur, respectively as they were posted there.

Four of the dismissed cops have worked for the elite Special Task Force (STF) with their Character Roll (CR) shows over a dozen remarks for excellent work.
But, they were not satisfied merely with applause from the top authorities and in a small service period of five years their greed for money brought them shame and they were thrown out from the STF wing.

Sub-Inspector (S-I) Santosh Singh and constables Sushil Pachauri, Alok Singh and Santosh Tiwari, all had opted for STF soon after joining the police department in 1999-2000.

Significantly, all four of them were members of same team of STF. Separate teams are formed in the wing, each led by an additional SP rank official, and all teams are supervised by an SSP.

Initially, the foursome worked hard and had been part of major operations, including killing of Jaish-e-Mohammad militants and most wanted dons like Sattu Pandey and Jais Yadav. They had been part of about two-dozen killings of hardcore criminals in encounters.

Their success got into their head and they started to extort money
from businessmen and criminals. They used to collect money from leading businessmen in the name of providing them foolproof security from criminals. On the other hand, they started extorting money from gangsters threatening them with fake encounters or jail.

Top STF sleuths came to know about their dubious acts and they first transferred constable Alok Singh out. The action followed with transfers of S-I Santosh Singh, Pachauri and Santosh Tiwari, respectively.

The transfer orders of these policemen clearly specified the cause as “involvement in dubious activities”.Significantly, these policemen were transferred to other districts but they all managed their postings in Lucknow police and later got themselves inducted into the SOG team. S-I Santosh Singh was transferred to Shravasti district recently from Lucknow SOG.

SSP GK Goswami, when asked by mediapersons how tainted policemen were posted in the sensitive SOG team, he feigned ignorance about their track record. S-I Brijnath Yadav joined the service in 2001-2002 in Gorakhpur. He was placed under suspension for providing shelter to a gang selling spurious country liquor while he was in-charge of Betalpur outpost in Deoria district. He, however, got himself attached to DIG, Gorakhpur range and started working for SOG team there.

One of Yadav’s brothers is a station officer (SO) posted in Mirzapur while another is a member of SOG team in Mau district.