After Guv’s rap, SP transferred; shop burnt in bid to disturb Kasganj peace
Three days after communal strife in UP’s Kasganj, which claimed a life, injured a few and was followed by arson, the Yogi Adityanath government shunted out district police chief Sunil Kumar Singh while director general of police OP Singh shot off directives asking police to deal firmly with mischief mongers.Updated: Jan 30, 2018 14:01 IST
Hindustan Times, Lucknow/Kasganj
Three days after communal strife in UP’s Kasganj, which claimed a life, injured a few and was followed by arson, the Yogi Adityanath government shunted out district police chief Sunil Kumar Singh while director general of police OP Singh shot off directives asking police to deal firmly with mischief mongers.
The action came soon after UP governor Ram Naik described the Kasganj clashes as a ‘kalank’ (blot) on the state and asked the state government to ensure there was no recurrence.
Immediately afterwards, the UP government issued marching orders to Sunil Singh, the superintendent of police (SP) of the trouble torn district. Singh has been made to swap places with Piyush Srivastava, who was the SP of Police Training School, Meerut till now.
“Prompt and impartial action should be initiated against those who foment communal trouble,” the DGP said in his missive to all district police chiefs.
“It should be found out which group was instigating trouble and action must be initiated against it immediately,” the DGP said after the state’s police drew flak for the manner in which Kasganj continued to witness acts of arson since the clashes broke out last Friday.
The opposition parties in the state, including the Congress, Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party had also stepped up the offensive against the Yogi government. Even the Shiv Sena, the BJP’s ally at the centre, had demanded the resignation of Adityanath government for what it called the failure to save “Hindu lives.”
Some BJP leaders admitted that Adityanath wasn’t happy with the manner in which Kasganj clashes were handled.
The DGP’s directives to the police force to get their act together are being seen as a result of Adityanath disapproving of police conduct in handling the communal flare up in the sensitive region.
On Sunday, BJP spokesman Alok Awasthi had also admitted ‘intelligence’ failure as the reason for the flare-up, even as UP’s agriculture minister Surya Pratap Shahi blamed opposition parties for fuelling discontent.
Interestingly, the DGP in his directive also asked the police to put up an effective intelligence gathering network in place. He also stressed on the importance of peace committee meetings to thrash out issues between two communities in areas affected by communal trouble. BJP leader Chandramohan, however, said that the government had acted firmly in Kasganj clashes. “The guilty won’t be spared. Investigations are on and we assure you that the guilty won’t be able to get away,” he said.
First Published: Jan 30, 2018 14:01 IST