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IPS officer?s kin ?thrash? TN cops

A TAMIL Nadu police team had a taste of the wrath of IPS officer Lakshmi Singh?s kin at her Mahanagar residence. The team comprising a DCP rank officer, an ACP, an inspector, two sub-inspectors and two head constables were ?thrashed? and held captive at Singh?s residence here on Saturday.

india Updated: Feb 26, 2006 01:41 IST

A TAMIL Nadu police team had a taste of the wrath of IPS officer Lakshmi Singh’s kin at her Mahanagar residence. The team comprising a DCP rank officer, an ACP, an inspector, two sub-inspectors and two head constables were ‘thrashed’ and held captive at Singh’s residence here on Saturday.

Cops from Anna Nagar in Tamil Nadu came down to Lucknow on Wednesday to investigate the attempt-to-murder case in which Singh’s brother Digvijay is a prime suspect.

Nagaraja, an Anna Nagar businessman, was shot at his residence on February 20. While Nagaraja was battling for life at the hospital, the police came to know that Digvijay had issued life threats to the businessman.

Talking to the Hindustan Times, DCP Arun said their team, led by ACP Karunanidhi, had taken Digvijay for interrogation at the PAC Guesthouse. In the course of interrogation, Digvijay denied his involvement in the attack on Nagaraja. When inquired if he had any weapon, Digvijay admitted to possessing a licensed revolver.

The cops took Digvijay to his B-13, Sector-A, Mahanagar house around 10.30 am on Saturday. They asked Digvijay to produce the relevant documents related to the licensed revolver.

While the cops were engaged in the inquiry, Digvijay’s mother Nayantara suddenly arrived there along with 20 persons in black coats. The ‘lawyers’ started creating hurdles in the probe process.

The cops then asked Digvijay to accompany them, along with his revolver and the licence, to the PAC guesthouse. At this, Nayantara and her associates started beating up the Tamil Nadu cops.

The IPS officer’s kin not only forcibly rescued Digvijay but also allegedly held them captive and assaulted them. The woman and others forcibly chased the cops out of the house issuing them life threats. From there, the cops somehow reached the local police station.

What intensified the anguish of the TamilNadu cops was the way Lucknow police handled the matter. Cops at the Mahanagar police station not only refused to entertain their Tamil Nadu counterparts but also left the police station with the ‘victims’ waiting.

The local police had already received directives from the ‘powerful’ to ignore Tamil Nadu police’s complaint. Hence, the inaction.

Later, SP (Rural) Sunil Chandra Bajpai reached the police station when the Tamil Nadu police team contacted DIG (Range) Lucknow Subhash Chandra. On his directive, a case was registered against Nayantara and 20 others.

SSP Lucknow Ashutosh Pandey said the Tamil Nadu police had requested him for a vehicle and accommodation for the period of their stay here. The police team, however, had not shared details of the case, Pandey said.

Though DCP Arun claimed that Digvijay had some business dispute with Nagaraja, sources in the police revealed that IPS officer’s brother had shot at the businessman for creating hurdles in Lakshmi’s marriage, which was slated for March 2.

Meanwhile, on hearing the news, Lakshmi Singh, a West Bengal cadre IPS officer and posted in Chitrakoot, had left for Lucknow, Bajpai said.

First Published: Feb 26, 2006 01:41 IST