Lucknow: Days after an inspector and a 20-year-old civilian were killed in a mob violence in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh, the state government made a series of administrative changes on Saturday. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Bulandshahr Krishna Bahadur Singh was replaced by Superintendent of Police (SP) of Sitapur Prabhakar Chawdhry. Notably, Singh was transferred to the DG headquarters in Lucknow.Also Read - 26 Killed as Tractor Trolley Falls Into Pond in UP's Kanpur; PM Modi Announces Ex-gratia of Rs 2 Lakhs
Besides Singh, two police officers were also transferred in connection with the Bulandshahr mob violence. While Circle Officer (CO) Satya Prakash Sharma was transferred to Moradabad’s Police Training College, in-charge of Chingravathi police chowki Suresh Kumar was shifted to Lalitpur. Notably, the officials were transferred ‘for their failure in responding in time to the situation’ arising in Siyana village of Bulandshahr on December 3, Monday, reports claimed. Also Read - Man Charred To Death, 5 Injured As Ethanol Tanker Collides With Tractor-Trolley In UP's Sitapur
The action was taken after a high-level meeting was presided over by the Director General of Police (DGP) OP Singh, who had handed over the ADG (Intelligence) SB Shirodkar report to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on his arrival from New Delhi. Also Read - Faulty Oximeter Made UP Family Believe Their Dead Son Was Alive, Kept Body For 18 Months At Home
Terming it a failure of intelligence, the ADG in his report said, “Though force was sent on spot including 25 men of PAC, more force should have been sent during the crucial hours between 9 am and 1 pm.”
Earlier on Thursday, CM Yogi, while speaking at an event in national capital had claimed that the murder of the SHO was an ‘accident’ and not a ‘mob lynching’. ” What happened in Bulandshahr was a mere accident as there was no case of mob lynching in Uttar Pradesh,” said the Uttar Pradesh chief minister.
“Uttar Pradesh mein mob lynching ki koi ghatna nahi hai, ek. Bulandshahr ki ghatna ek durghatna hai, aur isme kanoon apna karya kar raha hai. Koi bhi doshi baksha nahi jayega. Illegal slaughtering, keval cow hatya hi nahi, illegal slaughtering poore UP mein ban hai and DM, SP uske prati poore jawabdeyi honge. (There is no mob lynching in Uttar Pradesh. The Bulandshahr incident was an accident, and the law is taking its course. Accused will not be spared. Illegal slaughtering, and not just cow slaughter, is banned in the entire state and the DM and SP will be answerable),” the Chief Minister said, while speaking at Jagran Forum in Delhi.