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Saifai stone pelting alarms police officers

There is a feeling in the police that this incident has sent wrong message to the people about law and order, reports M Hasan.

india Updated: Dec 20, 2006 21:52 IST
M Hasan
M Hasan

Taking a note of adverse fall-out of the incident, the police department has launched an exercise to control damage caused by stone-pelting on the cavalcade of the Chief Minister Mulayam SinghYadav in Saifai (Etawah).

The department on Wednesday directed the DIG (Kanpur) Mukul Goel to investigate into the matter. There is a feeling in the police that this incident had sent wrong message to the people about law and order.

The additional director general of police (Crime, law and order) AC Sharma told Hindustan Times on Wednesday that action would be taken after the DIG's report. He said the circle officer Saifai Arvind Kumar, who was injured in mob attack, could however not alert the chief minister's cavalcade to either delay the departure or change the route. Sharma said the CO's anti-demonstration vehicle's job was to clear the VIP route. It is also part of the VIP fleet.

The Special Secretary (Home) Atul Kumar said that case had been registered at police station Ekdil and six persons had been taken into custody. He said action was also being taken to cancel gun licence of Naushe Khan who had fired during the stone pelting.

However, the incident has alarmed the senior police officers at the DGP headquarters. "If it could happen in Saifai, it could be anywhere" was the argument going on among the officers. Thus instructions had been issued to all the districts to take extra precaution during the chief minister's visit.

With the BJP and Congress trying to take political mileage by highlighting deteriorating law and order situation, the police officers have been making desperate efforts to hush up the issue.

In fact law and order continues to be matter of concern for the political leadership in the state. More than making improvement in the policing, "touchwood" syndrome has caught the senior IPS officers.

Even after 15-day, special crime control drive there was hardly any perceptible change in the situation. The DGP Bua Singh has, thus, directed the officers to pull up socks to tighten noose around the criminals. But IGs, who are in zones for a long time, appeared to be least concerned.

"Their wives are running the zones", commented an ADG sarcastically. Sources said Kanpur zone had virtually become "killing field" with worsening crime situation in Etah, Mainpuri, Firozabad and its adjoining areas.

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First Published: Dec 20, 2006 21:52 IST