UP police row: fired women hold protests

Updated on Oct 02, 2007 02:45 AM IST

Around 100 women, among the 18,000 police personnel recently dismissed by the Mayawati Govt, staged demonstrations in Lucknow and Kanpur, report Rajesh Kumar Singh, Bhupendra Pandey and Vijay Sharma.

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Hindustan Times | ByRajesh Kumar Singh, Bhupendra Pandey and Vijay Sharma Rajesh Kumar Singh, Bhupendra Pandey and Vijay Sharma, Lucknow

Around 100 women, among the 18,000 police personnel recently dismissed by the Mayawati government for alleged large scale irregularities in their recruitment, staged demonstrations in Lucknow and Kanpur on Monday.

They were protesting against the remarks of Additional Director General of Police Shailja Kant Mishra, chairman of the committee probing these irregularities. Mishra said some women got their appointments in return for sexual favours while others, who refused to be thus exploited, were rejected.

“We have lost both our jobs and our reputations because of the ADG’s remarks,” said one of the women. “He has made it difficult for us to survive in society.”

Mishra, however, refused to retract the numerous startling revelations he had made about the recruitment process, undertaken during the previous Mulayam Singh Yadav government. “Some women candidates told me a police officer took them to the residence of a politician,” he said. He refused to name the politician or the police officer.

He added some candidates had told him that their names were deleted from the merit list at the behest of the same politician.

“Irregularities were committed at all stages during the physical examination, written test and the interview,” said Mishra. He also charged that some selected candidates were patently shorter than the minimum height required for selection. Some, he claimed, were flat-footed and others colour blind, which should have disqualified them immediately. In many cases, the educational and caste certificates of selected candidates were found to be forged.

“Sixteen answer booklets had the same handwriting,” said Mishra. “The same person obviously wrote them all. In Gorakhpur, 2500 candidates seem to have been interviewed on the same day.”

Whitener had been used to change the original marks given to a number of candidates, another police officer involved with the probe alleged. “Code slips” on answer sheets had been changed.

Mishra also alleged that lakhs of rupees changed hands during the recruitment. Another senior officer, who refused to be named, said it was a Rs 400 crore scam, the average bribe paid by each candidate being Rs 2 lakh.

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