Friday, February 19, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Cop dismissed for beating Dalit woman

Lucknow, February 18, 2010
First Published: 20:46 IST(18/2/2010)
Last Updated: 20:49 IST(18/2/2010)

Cop dismissed for beating Dalit woman
The SHO of Musafirkhana police station (Sultanpur district)
Kailashnath Dewedi who had beaten up a dalit woman named Sangeeta at
the police station was terminated from service on Thursday.

The Principal Secretary, Home, Kunwar Fatehbahadur said Sangeeta was
taken into custody on the charge of killing her husband Deepak.
"During interrogation she confessed her crime, still the station house
officer beat her up before the journalists. Strict action would be
taken against those who commit atrocities on the common people
irrespective of his position or rank", he said.

Musafirkhana police station falls under Amethi Parliamentary
constituency represented by Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi.

Sangeeta resident of Maniyari village in Sultanpur district located
120 km from east of Lucknow had allegedly stangled her husband Deepak
when he was fast asleep on Tuesday night. The incident took place
following a heated exchange between husband and wife earlier in the

Sangeeta fled from the house and later police nabbed her in Gothawa
village from the house of a relative. Delighted over the quick work
out of the case the station house officer called media persons to the
police station and paraded Sangeeta before them. When the journalists
started questioning Sangeeta the station house officer got upset, as
she deviated from the statement recorded during interrogation.

In the presence of the women police constables the SHO, Kailashnath
Dewedi pulled Saneegta's shawl and slapped her on the face. Before
Sangeeta could react Dewedi pulled her hair and pushed her on the

Moreover taking serious note of the custodial deaths of two persons in
Ghurpur police station (Allahabad district) the state government
terminated the services of SHO of police station Vinod Kumar Dubey as
well as two constables Hari Prakash Rai and Anil Kumar Singh.

The Principal Secretary said earlier the state government had
suspended nine cops of Ghurpur police station including the station
house officer Vinod Kumar Dubey after death of two persons in the
police custody. On Wednesday the government had terminated the SHO and
two constables. The state government also handed over the inquiry of
the case to CBCID.

On February 14 some persons fired on the police team near a liquor
shop located in Gohaniya area of Allahabad. The constable Kamlesh
Pandey was injured in the firing. Later the police nabbed four persons
including Sanjay Nishad, Mukesh Nishad, Devanand Goswami and Ashok
Kumar Nishad.

All of them were beaten in the police lock up, later two Ashok and
sanjay succumbed to the injury. On the petition of Jitendra Kumar
Nishad an FIR was registered against the cops.

The state government also handed over the inquiry of the suicide
committed by Neelam Shukla at Kanpur to CBCID.

On December 18, last year Neelam resident of Kalyanpur locality was
kidnapped by three youths namely Ramu Katheriya, Irshad and Sachin
Gupta. An FIR was registered by her father Nand Kumar Shukla at
Kalyanpur police station. Later Neelam was found lying near her house.
"She was taken for medical examination to primary health center and
Ursala hospital and rape was not confirmed in the medical report",
Principal Secretary said.

"The additional city magistrate Surendra Kumar Sharma and CO Nazirabad
Niharika Sharma recorded statement of Neelam. On December 23 Neelam
told the court that after kidnapping her the three accused gave some
sedative to drink and raped her. The police registered an FIR and took
Ramu Katheriya and Irshad into custody while Sachin Gupta is
absconding" he said.

"On the request of her family members a medical board was constituted
by the administration. The report of the medical board was not
different from earlier one. On January 30 Neelam committed suicide.
Her father told the police that she was putting pressure on them to
shift to another locality. Since the accused belonged to influential
family Neelam feared that they would kill her after coming out of
jail", Fatehbahadur said.


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