"...Reports said Pahasu police picked up Chand (22) of Karora village in Bulandshahr in connection with a case of dowry death. Allegations are that Chand was picked up around 10 days ago but was not challaned ..."
Circle officer, all cops in Bulandshahr police station suspended
TNN | Jun 1, 2014, 03.46 AM IST
LUCKNOW: Cornered by uproar over rape and murder of two minors in Badaun and overall deterioration on the crime front in Uttar Pradesh, the government ordered suspension of a circle officer and entire force of a police station in Bulandshahr after a murder suspect died in custody on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday.
Reports said Pahasu police picked up Chand (22) of Karora village in Bulandshahr in connection with a case of dowry death. Allegations are that Chand was picked up around 10 days ago but was not challaned or sent to jail. Instead, he was detained inside the police station lock-up ever since. Well past midnight on Friday the cops on duty at the police station found Chand's body hanging from the ventilator of toilet inside the police station lock-up. A strip of a blanket was used for the noose.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Bulandshahr Umesh Kumar Singh said once he came to know about the incident, he visited the site and ordered suspension of the entire force posted at the station, irrespective of who all were on duty when the incident came to light. Singh also shot a report to the director general of police (DGP) recommending adequate action against the circle officer in charge of the police station on charges of negligence.
"The suspect was allegedly held back at the police station for the past five days. He was arrested in connection with a dowry death being investigated by circle officer (CO) Shikarpur deputy superintendent of police (DySP) Sushil Kumar," said SSP Bulandshahr. "The CO had given a written order to a sub-inspector (SI) to make the arrest, some five days ago. The orders were complied with the same day and the CO was informed about it by the SI concerned, yet the suspect was neither arrested formally nor sent to jail. This makes the CO equally responsible for the crime," the SSP said.
Inspector Shyam Lal Pandey, who was reportedly on leave for the past two days, too was suspended as the day he proceeded on leave, Chand had been in the lock-up for 48 hours. It was his duty to either send him to jail or let him off before he proceeded on leave, police sources said.
Later in Lucknow, the director general of police (DGP) A L Banerjee confirmed that the circle officer in question has also been suspended on the basis of the report submitted by SSP Bulandshaher. In all, apart from the CO and Inspector, at least 5 SIs and 15 constables and head constables posted at the police station were put under suspension. A preliminary inquiry conducted by superintendent of police (SP) City was underway and a proper criminal case will be lodged against all the policemen accused, said police.
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