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Three cops suspended in Ghaziabad

Three cops suspended in Ghaziabad
The situation in the riot-affected Masuri area in Ghaziabad is still tense but under control. On Sunday, police relaxed the curfew in the day, but it was as usual in the night. The administration has imposed Section 144 in the area till this month’s end. It has also suspended three senior police officers for dereliction of duty, shunted one deputy superintendent-level officer and recommended suspension of another deputy superintendent-level officer.

‘The situation is under control but heavy presence of police, Provincial Armed Police [PAC] and Rapid Action Force [RAF] jawans have been deployed in the area. The curfew was relaxed in the day but it was again imposed in the night on precautionary basis,’ said Aparna Upadhyay, District Magistrate of Ghaziabad.

At least six people had died in the firing, and head constable Roop Chand and constable Ramesh Chand are still critical in a Ghaziabad hospital.

The  riot had apparently been  sparked when the holy book of a community was ‘disgraced’ in the area. Station Officer of Masuri police station, Pramod Kumar Singh, Senior Sub-Inspector of Local Intelligence Unit [LIU], V P Singh, and Sub-Inspector [LIU] Jal Singh have been suspended while Dy SP [Sadar] Ajay Kumar was shunted out. A high-level inquiry by the Commissioner of Meeut Zone has been ordered by the Uttar Pradesh government.

‘Whatever happened was part of a conspiracy that was hatched many hours before the violence started. The attackers were carrying deadly weapons, which indicates that they were professional criminals. We consider it an intelligence failure,’ said Prashant Kumar, Senior Superintendent of Police, Ghaziabad.  Initial inquiry into the riot suggests that someone deliberately damaged a religious text, wrote some objectionable words on it and threw it near the Adhyatmik Nagar railway station around 2 pm.

Some people then brought the book to the police station at 7 pm to register a complaint. While they were still inside, over 100 people armed with rifles, revolvers and sharp weapons barged into the police station, tried to kill some policemen, set a barrack on fire and threw an LPG cylinder in the fire to maximise damage.

‘Bullet marks on the walls of the police station were evidence that we were the target of the crowed. The government has ordered a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of dead persons and appropriate compensation for the injured,’ said an officer.


SHAHEEN BAGH MLA BOOKED FOR RIOTING

A case of rioting has been registered against a Delhi MLA for allegedly inciting locals to prevent police from conducting raids for apprehending vehicle thieves. Locals of Shaheen Bagh clashed with police on 11 September when the latter went to conduct raids in a locality to apprehend vehicle thieves.

Police had picked up a teenager, the nephew of Israel car attack accused Mohammad Kazmi, which was objected by the locals.

A senior police official said they have registered a case of rioting against Asif Mohammed, the MLA representing Okhla constituency in connection with the incident.
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