Special Correspondent

Cop was earlier involved in lathi charge on BJP supporters in 2004

LUCKNOW: The two main opposition parties, BJP and Bahujan Samaj Party, as well as the Congress compelled the State Government on Thursday to order removal of the officer in charge of the Collectorganj police station in Kanpur. The inspector had allegedly threatened the BJP MLA, Salil Bishnoi, with dire consequences when the latter had gone to lodge a report of a crime incident.

Narrating the incident, the BJP MLA said in the Vidhan Sabha during Zero Hour that he had gone to meet the Circle Officer of the Collectorganj police station in connection with the police refusing to lodge an FIR when inspector C. D. Gaur made some indecent remarks against him.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, the BJP member said the cop was earlier involved in an unprovoked lathi charge on the BJP supporters on September 14, 2004, and added that he (the MLA) was left with a fractured limb. The MLA said the inspector told him mockingly if he had forgotten the 2004 incident, and that nobody had the guts to remove him despite the issue figuring then in the State Assembly.

He alleged that the Inspector had unleashed a reign of terror in Kanpur.

Stating that he feared for his life and should be provided security, Mr. Bishnoi demanded that the inspector be suspended.

Following the September 14, 2004, incident involving Inspector Gaur and the BJP member, the Vidhan Sabha Speaker constituted a House Privileges Committee to conduct an inquiry into the incident. The committee submitted its report about six months back but no action had been taken on it.

While Jagdambika Pal of the Congress backed the BJP MLA's demand, Ranghannath Mishra (BSP) said the Privileges Committee could on its own punish the official.

The leader of the Congress Legislature Party, Pramod Tiwari, said it seemed the inspector was more powerful than the House and an attempt was being made by the Government to sweep the matter under the carpet.

Om Prakash Singh (BJP) wanted the report of the Privileges Committee implemented and said that the Kanpur SSP and the inspector should not be summoned to the Speaker's chamber when the inspector had been held guilty for ordering a lathi charge on the MLA and his supporters.

PWD and Energy Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav assured the members that the Inspector would be removed on Thursday itself.