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After string of ‘crimes by policemen’ in GB Nagar, top cop briefs personnel

Activists believe cops’ unruly behaviour pertains to work culture, and peer and family support. Politicians say state failed to protect women and girls.

noida Updated: Feb 17, 2018 23:18 IST
Vaibhav Jha
Vaibhav Jha
Hindustan Times
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A 48-year-old constable allegedly attempted to rape a six-year-old girl inside Kulesara police chowki in Greater Noida on Saturday.

As the district police department comes under fire from activists for the unlawful acts of its personnel over the past month, superintendent of police (rural) Suniti held a briefing with police personnel of Greater Noida on Saturday regarding their behaviour with the public and discipline in their work.

The meeting came as Suniti took cognizance of Saturday’s incident of attempted rape of a minor by a police constable.

“This was a shameful incident which happened and we held a briefing session with our staff today regarding their conduct in public,” Suniti said.

Activists, too, have been demanding workshops for the police for sensitisation of its personnel.

Between January 11 and February 17, four police personnel of Gautam Budh Nagar have been booked for raping a minor, attempt at raping a minor, an attempt to murder and firing in the air in a drunken stupor. One trainee sub-inspector and three constables have been arrested by their departments for various crimes.

Satya Prakash, programme manager for FXB India Suraksha, who organises training sessions for police personnel on child victim cases, said the issue pertains to a larger question of work environment.

“Under Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, if the accused turns out to be from an institution of trust such as police, then there are high chances that the penalty will be doubled. The same sexual assault charge turns into an aggravated assault charge if the accused is a policeman. However, I believe that this issue pertains to a large question of their work culture, and peer and family support. If a cop is found in an inebriated state at 8am in the morning, then there must be a psychological issue behind it and it must be explored as well,” said Prakash.

The incidents evoked critical reactions from political parties.

“Our Samajwadi Party government was accused for not providing adequate safety measures for women but this government and its police have failed to provide security to even little girls. This is a complete failure of law and order as the officials are busy staging fake encounters,” said Surendra Nagar, Rajya Sabha member of parliament for Samajwadi Party.

Ravi Kant Mishra, former state polls candidate for Bahujan Samaj Party, said, “The chief minister has given complete freedom to the police and this is why police officials are doing everything according to their whims and fancies. Here the protectors have turned into monsters.”

On Saturday, a 48-year-old constable Narendra was arrested for attempting to rape a six-year-old girl inside the Kulesara police chowki in Greater Noida. The accused was arrested by the police and his services were terminated after hundreds gathered outside the chowki demanding strict action.

On February 1, 25-year-old constable Gaurav Singh was booked for firing outside a closed liquor shop at midnight in Omega 1 area of Greater Noida. The accused was in an inebriated state and had demanded alcohol from the liquor shop’s owner. He was booked by the police under sections 504 and 506 of Indian Penal Code.

On February 3, trainee sub-inspector Vijay Darshan allegedly shot a 25-year-old gym trainer Jitendra Yadav in the neck at Parthla Khanjarpur in Noida. The family members of Yadav alleged that the police had staged a fake encounter with the victim and the accused was arrested by police for attempt to murder.

On January 11, 45-year-old constable Subhash Singh, posted in the sales tax department, was arrested for allegedly raping a seven-year-old girl in Surajpur, Greater Noida. The accused was taken into custody after an irate mob of 200 people roughed him up in broad daylight.

Senior superintendent of police Love Kumar said police of this district have tried to set an example for others. “Barring the case where a gym trainer was accidentally shot, I agree that the rest three cases pertain to indiscipline on behalf of our staff and we have ensured that strict action is taken against the accused. Saturday’s incident is a shameful one and we have informed officials to inform all police personnel to behave in a dignified, responsible and just manner,” said Kumar.

First Published: Feb 17, 2018 23:15 IST