Cops with criminal history should be fired: CM

LUCKNOW: Chief minister Yogi Adityanath said on Thursday that policemen engaged in “criminal offences” should be identified and dismissed from the service.
His announcement came amid controversy over the death of a Kanpur businessman at a Gorakhpur hotel during a police verification drive. His family and friends claimed Manish Gupta was assaulted by the cops.
The CM’s stern direction came during a high-level meeting of Team-9 in Lucknow.
He said that there have been complaints about police officers and personnel indulging in illegal activities in the recent past.
“This is not acceptable at all. There should be no place for such people in the police department,” the CM said, asking authorities to identify such people “with proof and provide a list”.
“Action will be taken against all of them as per rules,” he said, categorically maintaining that police officials involved in criminal offences should be dismissed from service.
“Tainted officials should not be given important posting in the field,” Yogi said.
The development came a day after Yogi announced Rs 10 lakh as ex-gratia for Gupta’s family and suspended six cops, including the station house officer of Ramgarh Tal police station.
All the six were booked for murder. On Thursday, the CM met the Gupta family during his Kanpur visit and accepted most of their demands.
Yogi’s hardened stance came against the backdrop of opposition upping the ante over the incident to needle the ruling BJP in UP. Even as SP chief Akhilesh Yadav reached Kanpur to meet Gupta’s family, BSP chief Mayawati demanded a CBI probe into the incident.
The BSP president said that it was “grossly unfair” to save the policemen who were prima facie guilty of vandalism resulting in the death of a businessman. She said that the police first did not register a case of murder on the accused police man.
“When a case was registered following a public outrage no arrest was made. All this raises a question,” she tweeted, demanding “proper financial help” and a government job for the victim’s family.
A day ago, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had alleged that UP was “soft” on criminals and “brutal” on common people.
The BJP countered the opposition maintaining that the Yogi government was “sensitive” to Manish Gupta’s death case “from day one”.
“The state government is also being trusted by the relatives of the deceased,” the party said, in a tweet. The ruling party specifically hit out at the Samajwadi Party, accusing it of looking for an opportunity to do politics on unfortunate incidents. “The SP is doing cheap politics over a dead body. The BJP government is committed to take hard action in the case,” UP BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi said.

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