Noida killings: SSP sacked, CO suspended
Noida SSP RKS Rathore was removed from the post and shifted to Lucknow, reports Masoodul Hasan.Updated: Feb 03, 2007 16:07 IST
Shaken over the Noida police complicity in protecting Nithari serial killers the state government today transferred the SSP RKS Rathore and suspended circle officer (CO) Dinesh Yadav, who was transferred to PAC Agra on Friday.
Announcing the government decision Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh said “telephone conversation between CO Dinesh Yadav and PWD Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav was part of protocol”. Condemning Nithari killing Singh said that the government had not been trying to protect any officer and already six police officers had been placed under suspension.
The government’s belated decision to transfer SSP Rathore was based on his indictment by two-member high-level committee, which had probed the issue before the case was handed over to the CBI. Singh accepted that there was slackness on the part of the local police in the investigation of the case but “for this lapse the chief minister could not be blamed”, he said and added that Yadav had taken quick action after the exposure.
Referring to the charges that the CO was getting money from Nithari main accused Moninder Singh Pandher, Amar Singh said “ CO would have been on his payroll but not Shiv Pal Yadav”. Demanding CBI probe into killings in Punjab and Haryana, Singh said Pandher had links with the Congress leaders. Singh also accused the Congress and BJP of politicking on the issue. About Shivpal Yadav’s infamous “choti-moti-ghatna” (small incident) statement Singh said the chief minister had already disapproved it.
First Published: Feb 03, 2007 13:50 IST