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After Noida shooting case, trainee sub-inspectors not to be given weapons

Late Saturday night, Jitendra Yadav, a 25-year-old gym owner was allegedly fired at by SI Vijay Darshan on the outskirts of Parthala village.

noida Updated: Feb 05, 2018 23:35 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Police force camps outside the Fortis hospital in Noida on Monday.
Police force camps outside the Fortis hospital in Noida on Monday. (Salman Ali/HT Photo)

Taking a cue from an incident wherein an under-training sub-inspector (SI) allegedly shot a 25-year-old gym trainer, police chiefs of Gautam Budh Nagar and Ghaziabad have ordered that no under-training SI be given a service weapon.

“As a precautionary measure, we have directed that all under-training SIs in Gautam Budh Nagar not be given service weapons. Although there is no such rule, a decision was taken in the wake of the recent incident, as a precautionary measure. They will be provided weapons at the end of their training period,” said Love Kumar, senior superintendent of police, Gautam Budh Nagar.

Late Saturday night, Jitendra Yadav, a 25-year-old gym owner was allegedly fired at by SI Vijay Darshan on the outskirts of Parthala village. The accused SI was accompanied by another under-training SI, Pankaj, who was also in plainclothes, and two constables in uniform.

SI Darshan was arrested, after a case was registered in incident, and sent to jail. The incident has led to a public outcry and protest by Yadav’s family members, who alleged that the policemen tried to stage an ‘encounter’ in order to get an ‘out-of-turn promotion’.

Following the allegations by victim’s family, the Noida police denied any ‘encounter’ angle to the incident and said there was some altercation at the spot which triggered the firing.

The Noida police sources said the police team arrived at the spot as the men in a car were playing loud music and the policemen tried to stop them.

According to officials, Gautam Budh Nagar has nearly 100 under-training SIs while Ghaziabad district has nearly 137 sub-inspectors.

According to norms, under-training SIs have a training period of one year. During this period, each SI has to spent six months each in urban and rural centres.

Ghaziabad SSP HN Singh on Monday directed officers that the under-training SIs should not be given service weapons. SSP Singh said the direction was taken as a precautionary measure to avoid incidents such as the one that happened in Noida.

“I have directed that all the under-training sub-inspectors should be wearing uniforms on duty and no one should be in plainclothes. Further, I have also directed that they should not be given service weapons. This is a temporary measure and a more permanent decision about this will be taken in the future,” SSP Singh said.