In the eight months that Akhilesh Yadav has been chief minister of the state, one sub—inspector was shot dead, a home guard escaped an attempt on his life, three police officials had their weapons looted, and more than half a dozen police stations have been attacked, vandalized or set on fire.
In the last fortnight alone, three incidents were reported from state capital Lucknow, of policemen being attacked by hoodlums; in one instance, there was an attempt to run over a traffic cop.
Only last week, a circle officer of the deputy superintendent of police (DSP)—rank belonging to the chief minister’s security was bashed up in public view.
Soon after the Samajwadi Party (SP) government took over the reins of the state eight months ago, policemen were attacked in Uldan village in Jhansi Policemen have been tight—lipped about the public ire they face. Even so, newly— appointed Additional Director General (ADG) Law & Order Arun Kumar has sought detailed reports from districts where such incidents have taken place.
One senior police official, on condition of anonymity, admitted that the force was shocked that the attacks were often from “common people”.
“The government is serious about resolving the matter, but it has also been caught unawares by sporadic attacks on men in khaki,” he said.IANS