Shockingly, among 29 accused policemen only 11 have been arrested in last 14 months
Lucknow : Shocking revelations stunned members of the legislative assembly here on Wednesday when chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav stated as many as 29 state policemen were named in 23 cases of rape registered in the 14 months beginning January 1, 2014.
The chief minister’s written reply came in response to a question raised by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Shyamdev Rai Chowdhary. Interestingly, the chief minister holds the charge of state home department.
Briefing fellow legislators, Yadav said that between January 1, 2014, and February 28, 2015, as many as 23 cases of rape involving policemen, both inside police stations and elsewhere, were registered. Of the 29 policemen named, only 11 were arrested.
Two accused policemen surrendered in courts while the names of eight were left out from primary FIRs after probes, according to a report by IANS.
Investigations in other cases were on, the chief minister said in his reply. The chief minister said charge sheets were filed in courts in 15 of the 23 cases and final reports submitted in the absence of tangible proofs in seven other cases. Action under Police Service (Conduct) Rules was taken against three policemen by the department and, of these, two police constables from Aligarh were dismissed from service, he said.
Adverse entries in the service records of two police personnel were made while action was underway against the others, sources said.
Reacting to the reply, the BJP said the statistics were “both alarming and telling”. “Just imagine the extent of lawlessness in Uttar Pradesh. If this is what police are doing, I shudder even to talk about criminal and other elements on the loose in the state,” Uttar Pradesh state BJP spokesperson Vijay Bahadur Pathak said.