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Senior cop beaten by own men

FARRUKHABAD DISTRICT police chief Rahul Asthana was beaten up by his subordinates at his official residence late on Tuesday night. The State Government on Wednesday placed four police officials under suspension. Criminal cases were filed against them. The incident sent shock waves among senior police officers here.

india Updated: May 04, 2006 01:33 IST

FARRUKHABAD DISTRICT police chief Rahul Asthana was beaten up by his subordinates at his official residence late on Tuesday night. The State Government on Wednesday placed four police officials under suspension. Criminal cases were filed against them. The incident sent shock waves among senior police officers here.

Director general of police Bua Singh’s anger was palpable when he said, “It is not an attack on a person, but on the institution.”

The crime could not be condoned, he emphasised, adding, “It is a serious development.” While registering a case against guilty officials, Bua Singh told Hindustan Times that inspector Narsingh, sub-inspectors Anand Singh, Rajesh Singh and constable Lallu Singh had been placed under suspension. He said a departmental inquiry would also be conducted against them. The possibility of their dismissal from service cannot be ruled out.

Asthana, who was transferred to the CB-CID on May 1, entered into a heated argument with the inspector and the three other police personnel who beat him up.

Bua Singh said DIG, Kanpur, Daljit Singh Chaudhury was asked to probe into the matter and submit a report by Thursday. In a counter FIR, the inspectors accused the SP of demanding ‘pending’ money. They had filed a case against the SP under the anti-corruption law.

While the DGP appeared to be firm on taking action against the accused, senior IPS officers here said the brawl was allegedly over payment to the SP.

The inspectors alleged that Asthana, who had been trying to get his transfer cancelled, summoned them to discuss the issue. However, the SP said he had not called the officials. “They just barged into my office,” Asthana told officers at the DGP headquarters. Initially, the government was considering to cancel the SP’s transfer, but the move was shelved after the clash. “As far as I know Narsingh (inspector) is not that bad,” said an ADG. “Only a thorough probe can reveal the facts,” he added. However, another senior IPS officer said, “It was in the making for a long time”. Reports from Farrukhabad said while the “attacking party” was politically well-connected, the ruling party leaders had long been gunning for the SP and it was for this reason that he was shifted to the CB-CID.

First Published: May 04, 2006 01:33 IST