Top cop forces juniors to clean his toilet
Piyush Srivastava | Lucknow, April 15, 2011 | Updated 12:03 IST
A Superintendent of Police (SP) has raised a stink in Uttar Pradesh
after he made home guards clean his toilet.
The state's director general of police (DGP) Karanveer Singh on
Thursday ordered an inquiry against Shafiq Ahmed, SP in the crime
branch in Meerut. Ahmed had forced half-a-dozen Home Guards
constables, including three Dalits, to clean the toilet of his house.
J.N. Singh, deputy inspector general of Meerut range, said he had
received a fax message from the DGP office to conduct an inquiry into
"The home guards were caught on camera cleaning the toilet of the SP
on Wednesday. It is shocking. The officers don't have any authority to
treat their subordinates in such a humiliating manner," Singh said.
Those who were allegedly cleaning the toilet have been identified as
Rampal Singh Gujjar, Sudhir Jatav, Bal Kishore Jatav, Anil Jatav, Anil
Kumar Sharma and Nasir Ali. Ahmed reportedly went on leave after the
matter came to light.
Special DGP Brijlal said: "It is certainly worrying that an officer
asks his subordinates to do his personal work, let alone cleaning his
toilet. Additional director general of NCR Gurbachan Lal has also been
asked to send a report on the incident.
Further action will be initiated after receiving the report." The
incident has snowballed into a political controversy.
The BJP has decided to move the National Human Rights Commission
(NHRC) against the state government's treatment of constables and
class III employees.
"We know the officers in the Mayawati government force their juniors
to do their personal works. We received many such complaints in the
past, but didn't act because of lack of evidence," a state BJP leader
"However, there is ample evidence against this SP, who is known to
humiliate his subordinates and treat them as garbage. There are
photographs to prove the charges against him. So, we will certainly
raise it before the NHRC," he added.
The Congress said the incident raised a question mark over chief
minister Mayawati's claims vis-Ã -vis uplift of Dalits. State Congress
spokesperson Akhilesh Pratap Singh said: "What is more shocking is
that three of the six constables are Dalits. The officer should be
suspended and booked under the SC/ST Act."
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