?Notorious? SOG men under fire
FINALLY, SENIOR police authorities put on their thinking caps to deal with the Special Operation Group members who, over the years, had become a big embarrassment for the department. The officials, fed up with ?unlawful activities? of their own men, have dispatched 20 of them to far-flung areas as a punishment. And many more can bet their shifting to the ?dry places? sooner than later.india Updated: Jan 22, 2006 00:57 IST
20 shifted to ‘dry’ places
FINALLY, SENIOR police authorities put on their thinking caps to deal with the Special Operation Group members who, over the years, had become a big embarrassment for the department.
The officials, fed up with ‘unlawful activities’ of their own men, have dispatched 20 of them to far-flung areas as a punishment. And many more can bet their shifting to the ‘dry places’ sooner than later.
The authorities feel that these plain-clothed cops often misused their connections for personal gains and were in process of tarnishing the image of the department.
Besides the transfers, nearly 20 cops have also been targeted for action as they took law in their hands and even metamorphosed to ‘oil mafia’ or indulged in other malpractices. But since they are well connected they not only went unpunished, but flourished to unimaginable limits.
Several of them were working in the SOG for three years and close scanning of their activities prompted top bosses to act finally. “We are in the process of putting a mechanism in place that will bar cops from working in the SOG for more than one year in view of recent instances,” said a senior police officer.
A restaurant in Phool Bagh has been identified by senior cops, where these plain-clothed cops used to sit and work as an informer to notorious history-sheeters. Many a time even senior cops received a jolt when their secret mission was foiled due to leak of information from these SOG cops. As far as achievement of the SOG is concerned then in the last three years they have succeeded in nabbing one Shafiq alias Mallu with a Pakistan-made gun.
Over the years, these civilian dressed SOG cops formed a nexus with hardcore criminals and influential political leaders, with senior cops finding themselves too small to transfer such SOG cops from their favorite police stations. A senior cop said, “The identified SOG cops developed influential relationships and even started getting transfer of the station heads, if he did not comply with their directives.
Enough is enough, now we have taken a tough stance against such SOG personnel in a bid to decrease crime in the city.” When SP (west) Awdesh Kumar Yadav was asked about the mass transfer of SOG cops, he endorsed the action being taken by senior police officials and said, “Our aim is to bring down crime in the city and these SOG cops, besides engaging in unlawful activities had developed an attitude that wearing of uniform is against their status.”
It seems a total revamp of the SOG is going to take place with the hope to check the mounting graph of crime in the city.