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Security for ?milkman? mafia

The Uttar Pradesh government has rewarded a notorious land mafia don with a ?gunner? for supplying milk to VIP wives.

india Updated: Jun 14, 2006 03:17 IST

The Uttar Pradesh government has rewarded a notorious land mafia don with a “gunner” for supplying milk to VIP wives.

Govind Bajpai alias Guddu wanted three guards, but home secretary R.M. Shrivastav directed the then Lucknow SSP Ashutosh Pandey to provide only one gunner to him. Bajpai, a history-sheeter, has several cases pending against him, including a case under NSA National Security Act.

But the home department — in violation of rules — did not bother to seek a report from the DGP, headquarters before giving him security cover. Bajpai had moved three applications demanding one gunner for himself and two in the names of Raghuvansh Mani Bajpai and Kamal Ahmad.

Two more security men were assigned to Raghuvansh and Ahmad respectively. Raghuvansh Bajpai — one of Guddu’s close relative — is the manager of Suraj Krishi Farm and Goshala, Sirosa Bharosa village under Kakori police station, Ahmad was his employee. But the guards are always with Bajpai.

The reason for requisitioning security was curious, Bajpai’s cows were dying an “unnatural deaths” and “it was a matter of serious concern as he was supplying cow milk free of cost to IAS and IPS officers.”

Guddu and his cronies had a powerful milk network. The free pipeline earned him an influential coterie of didis — the babu’s wives.

Such was his clout in the kitchens, that even the local police could not touch him and he even had a say in transfers and postings. The list of his “jijas” included additional director-general, inspector-general, deputy inspector-generals and superintendents of police. Last week, he used his “good offices” to get officer in-charge of Kakori PK Pandey, sub-inspector Mohan Road police post and five constables transferred. Sources said the DGP played into Guddu’s hand by givng in to his demands at the behest of a senior home department officer.

First Published: Jun 14, 2006 03:17 IST