JHANSI: A senior police officer in Uttar Pradesh's Jhansi district has been suspended after an audio recording of an alleged phone conversation between him and a criminal about his "impending encounter" went viral.
In the eight-minute audio, Suneet Kumar Singh, station house officer (SHO) of Mauranipur police station, is allegedly heard telling Lekhraj Yadav - accused in dozens of murder, kidnapping and extortion cases - that his name tops the state police's encounter list. Singh allegedly then says that if Yadav wanted to save himself, he should "manage" local BJP leaders. Yadav is currently out on bail.
UP DGP OP Singh said that it's "totally wrong to say that the police and the BJP are fixing encounters". "We have ordered an enquiry and the police officer has already been suspended. But I can't comment on opposition's allegations," he said. Paricha, however, wondered why the cop named him, and called it a conversation between "two criminals". "I have never spoken to this police officer. He himself has a chequered past. Why would he drag me into this? However, this conversation shows that criminals are scared of the government's resolve to eliminate crime in the state," he said.