Ijtema was sent notice, permission only for 2L
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.