Po­lice soft tar­get of mobs in west UP

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Uttarpradesh - S Raju [email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

MEERUT: Po­lice seem to have be­come a soft tar­get of mobs in west­ern UP and this is ev­i­dent from in­creas­ing at­tacks on cops in the re­gion in the past few years, ex­perts and re­tired of­fi­cials said.

The killing of in­spec­tor Su­bodh Ku­mar Singh at Syana in Bu­land­sha­har dis­trict was an ex­treme case of a fear­less mob at­tack on the po­lice, they said.

V K Sharma, a re­tired in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer, said at­tacks on the po­lice had in­creased be­cause of grow­ing ag­gres­sion and ar­ro­gance among peo­ple. He clar­i­fied that po­lice be­came vic­tims of rage as they were the first to reach trou­ble spots.

Dr Mridula Sharma, pro­fes­sor of psy­chol­ogy at Meerut Col­lege, said ag­gres­sion mul­ti­plied in a mob be­cause it had no face and, there­fore, no ac­count­abil­ity.

The line be­tween le­gal and il­le­gal blurred in re­cent years as peo­ple found law- en­force­ment agen­cies weak in deal­ing with in­flu­en­tial peo­ple, she said. All these fac­tors en­cour­aged mobs to take the laws in their hand and, in ex­treme cases, they don’t even hes­i­tate to at­tack law en­forcers, she said.

Su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice, ru­ral, Meerut Ra­jesh Ku­mar made no bones in ad­mit­ting that such in­ci­dents had in­creased . At the same time, he said, “I need some time to com­ment on why in­ci­dents of at­tacks on cops have in­creased.”

On April 20 last year, BJP work­ers clashed with po­lice at Doodhli vil­lage in Sa­ha­ran­pur dis­trict when po­lice ob­jected to them car­ry­ing out a pro­ces­sion with­out seek­ing prior per­mis­sion.

Later, a crowd led by an MP and party lead­ers, barged into the SSP’s house in protest and dam- aged a few things.

Caste clashes at Shab­bir­pur vil­lage in Sa­ha­ran­pur ended with Bhim Army sup­port­ers fight­ing a pitched bat­tle with the po­lice in May last year. An­gry over of­fi­cials’ re­fusal to al­low a ma­ha­pan­chayat, Bhim Army ac­tivists went on the ram­page, at­tacked po­lice per­son­nel and burnt po­lice out­posts. An ad­di­tional dis­trict mag­is­trate and half-a-dozen po­lice per­son­nel were in­jured in the clash.

A group of kan­warias smashed a po­lice ve­hi­cle and at­tacked cops in Bu­land­sha­har on Au­gust 9 this year, when they had gone there af­ter hear­ing about a clash be­tween two kan­warias.

In Meerut, BJP coun­cilor Man­ish Pan­war al­legedly thrashed sub-in­spec­tor Sukh­pal Singh Pan­war fol­low­ing an al­ter­ca­tion over de­lay in serv­ing food at the coun­cil­lor’s restau­rant.

At­tacks on po­lice by liquor and min­ing mafia also be­came fre­quent in the re­gion. In some in­stances, cow slaugh­ter­ers too took on the po­lice to en­sure the re­lease of their ar­rested aides.

A group of al­leged cat­tle smug­glers at­tacked po­lice per­son­nel at Ekla Ra­soolpur vil­lage in Parik­shat­garh area of Meerut dis­trict on Au­gust 12, 2016. They res­cued six of their ar­rested as­so­ciates.

Min­ing mafia opened fire on the po­lice and pelted them with stones near Dhaulra vil­lage of Sa­ha­ran­pur on Novem­ber 14. Po­lice re­turned the fire and seized four JCB ma­chines of the mafia from the spot.

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Ve­hi­cles torched by a mob, which at­tacked po­lice­men, dur­ing a protest against Supreme Court rul­ing on SC/ST Act.

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