Ijtema was sent no­tice, per­mis­sion only for 2L

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION -

Aday be­fore the De­cem­ber 3 vi­o­lence in Bu­land­shahr over al­leged cow slaugh­ter, the lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion had is­sued no­tice to the or­gan­is­ers of Tab­lighi Ijtema, a three-day Is­lamic con­gre­ga­tion which be­gan on De­cem­ber 1, ask­ing “how such a huge crowd was as­sem­bled when per­mis­sion was taken only for 2 lakh devo­tees”. ADG (Meerut zone), Prashant Ku­mar told TOI, “If some­thing had gone wrong, ri­ots would have oc­curred.” Two other po­lice of­fi­cers trans­ferred on Satur­day are Syana cir­cle of­fi­cer Satyaprakash Sharma — he has been sent to Mo­rad­abad — and Chin­grawati out­post in-charge Suresh Ku­mar Singh, who has been shifted to Lal­it­pur. Chin­grawati po­lice out­post in Syana tehsil of the dis­trict was the epi­cen­tre of Mon­day vi­o­lence in which sta­tion house of­fi­cer Su­bodh Ku­mar Singh was killed.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice sources based in Luc­know, the de­ci­sion to trans­fer th­ese of­fi­cers was taken by the chief min­is­ter’s of­fice on the ba­sis of the SIT re­port sub­mit­ted by ADG (In­tel­li­gence) SB Shi­rad­kar, which had re­port­edly blamed the lo­cal po­lice for its fail­ure to act on in­tel­li­gence in­puts and also their in­abil­ity to defuse the build-up in four hours — be­tween 9.30 am, when the po­lice got in­for­ma­tion about the trou­ble, and 1.30 pm when the po­lice in­spec­tor and a youth were killed.

“Si­ta­pur SP Prab­hakar Chaud­hary has been made new SSP of Bu­land­shahr and he will take over soon,” said prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary, home, Arvind Ku­mar, on Satur­day. Soon af­ter the SSP Singh’s trans­fer, lo­cal BJP work­ers and other saf­fron groups broke into cel­e­bra­tion and even gar­landed Syana MLA Deven­dra Singh Lodhi for his suc­cess in “get­ting th­ese of­fi­cers shifted”.

TOI re­ported on De­cem­ber 7 that BJP lead­ers of Syana had writ­ten to Bu­land­shahr MP Bhola Singh in Septem­ber this year, seek­ing trans­fer of SHO Su­bodh Singh and other lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cers, ac­cus­ing them of ha­rass­ing peo­ple and cre­at­ing ob­sta­cles in the way of Hin­dus' re­li­gious func­tions.

“Af­ter the cop was killed, po­lice crossed all lim­its while con­duct­ing searches in nearby vil­lages. They didn’t spare even women and old peo­ple. Many women are still hos­pi­talised. He (the SSP) should have been ter­mi­nated,” Lodhi told TOI.

Mean­while, the SIT re­port on the Mon­day vi­o­lence is learnt to have con­firmed that in­spec­tor Su­bodh Ku­mar Singh and Su­mit were killed with pis­tol of the same bore – .32 — and a foren­sic test re­port has been sought to con­firm this.

The re­port ze­roed in on some po­lice of­fi­cers for their fail­ure in act­ing on time to defuse the ten­sion and save two lives. It also prima fa­cie ruled out that the in­spec­tor was on the tar­get of Hindu or­gan­i­sa­tions for his in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the Akhlaq lynch­ing case.

ADG (In­tel­li­gence) sub­mit­ted his re­port to prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary (home), who discussed it with the CM af­ter he re­turned from Delhi on Fri­day. Yogi, who was in Delhi since Thurs­day, held a re­view of the re­port af­ter which, sources told TOI, ac­tion was taken against the of­fi­cers.

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