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SSP?s Goonda Act lists 75,misses biggies!

SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT of Police (SSP) Ashutosh Pandey slapped Goonda Act on 75 land sharks on Wednesday, but carefully avoided those who have strong political connections. While the list included some gangsters engaged in land and house grabbing, the SSP did not muster courage to mention even more notorious names in the trade. The list did not include names of family members of a don-turned politician in the old city and a few others close to the power that be.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2006 23:58 IST

SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT of Police (SSP) Ashutosh Pandey slapped Goonda Act on 75 land sharks on Wednesday, but carefully avoided those who have strong political connections.

While the list included some gangsters engaged in land and house grabbing, the SSP did not muster courage to mention even more notorious names in the trade. The list did not include names of family members of a don-turned politician in the old city and a few others close to the power that be.

The SSP also did not mention name of Maqsood of Wazirganj whom he (the SSP) himself had sent to jail on charges of house grabbing. Maqsood is brother of ex-BSP MP Dawood Ahmed. On the other hand, names of land mafia Lallu Yadav and Brijendra Murari Yadav, who too were sent to jail in same cases, were mentioned in the list.

This list also did not show the name of the ruling Party corporator Bantu Yadav of Narhi who had thrown over a dozen families out of a building in his area forcibly. The Hazratganj police then had refused to entertain complaints of the affected families.

However, SSP Pandey claimed the list was prepared following directives of DGP Bua Singh during a review meeting of Lucknow zone officials.

The SSP sent the details of the land mafia to the district magistrate (DM) RN Tripathi seeking his approval on Wednesday.

SSP Ashutosh Pandey made strong recommendations to Tripathi issue order for initiating procedure of ‘Zila badar’ (banning entry of the named accused back in the district).

When enquired as to why he did not initiate action against some influential land mafia and others related to the ruling party, the SSP chose to remain silent. He, however, said the police were collecting details about other land sharks.

On the other hand, the list issued by the SSP indicated that the police stations did not collect genuine details about real culprits involved in the land grabbing and other similar activities. Instead, the SHO/SOs, included names of even those who had ever gone to the police stations over property disputes.

It was about two months back only when the SSP had launched a drive against land mafia and property dealers. In-charge of specific police stations were ordered to arrest the land mafia in their areas. About eight of such goons landed in police net, including Lallu Yadav and Brijendra Murari Yadav.