What spurred DGP: CM?s move or public outcry?
WAS IT Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s visit to the Bhargavas after Mehar’s death, which led director-general of police (DGP) Yashpal Singh and the Home department officials to take notice of the investigation into the case? Or was it the public outcry, which sensitized the top cop and government officials to monitor the case?
No sooner did the CM speak about stern action against the culprits than the Home department officials and the DGP immediately started issuing statements regarding the matter.
The DGP announced a reward of Rs 20,000 and also sent a proposal to the government for announcing a reward of Rs 50,000 on Sachin on Monday. Earlier in the day, while the SSP announced a reward of Rs 2500 on another accused, Amit Singh, the DIG Lucknow range increased the reward on Sachin from Rs 2500 to Rs 5000. A recommendation was made to the IG Zone to increase this reward to Rs 10,000.
During the past few months, the DGP had issued several circulars to all district police chiefs and other senior cops to pay special attention to reducing crime against women.
However, no query was made from the DGP headquarters after the attack on a woman, that too, in the heart of the city. Similarly, the Home department too did not enquire the Lucknow police about the development in the investigation ever.
The police spent 26 days after the attack on Mehar Bhargava merely making false statements and no senior official, including the SSP Lucknow, ever took notice of the investigation.
Showing promptness into the investigation on Monday the police claimed to have identified the links related to the absconding accused Sachin Pahadi and Amit Singh.
Besides four of their close friends, cops have identified a big builder in the city having close links with Sachin Pahadi. This builder had reportedly extended financial help to Sachin following orders of gangster KD Singh. The police, however, were still showing reluctance calling the builder for interrogation.
Meanwhile, Amit’s photograph was being sent to various districts for his whereabouts. Cops have also sent photographs of Sachin to adjacent states seeking their help in tracing out the absconding accused. A police team was also sent to Mumbai searching for Sachin and Amit Singh. But they have yet to get a clue in this connection.