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Nitish rally riot heat on officer

Khagaria superintendent of police (SP) Mithu Prasad is set to pay the price for his alleged failure to maintain law and order during chief minister Nitish Kumar’s Adhikar Yatra that witnessed large-scale violence in the town on September 28.

Sources in the police headquarters on Thursday said inspector-general of police (provision) Sunil Kumar, who was assigned with the task to probe into the laxity on the part of the police officers in the area during Nitish’s yatra, has recommended departmental proceedings against Prasad for “inept handling of the situation”.

Kumar has also expressed displeasure over the role of inspector-general of police (Bhagalpur zone) A.K. Ambedkar, and deputy inspector-general (Munger range) Anil Kishore Yadav. “These two senior officers also failed to discharge their duty properly, leading to stone pelting and arson in Khagaria,” the IG said in his report.

Kumar submitted the report to director-general of police (DGP) Abhayanand on Tuesday. The sources said the DGP was “so annoyed” with the police officers that he deputed two additional officials from the police headquarters in Bhagalpur and Munger.

The two officials — Sunil Kumar of the 1987 and Raveendran Sankaran of the 1995 batch — assumed charge on Thursday.

Ambedkar and Yadav have also been reportedly asked to remain out of their respective jurisdictions for a week.

Additional director-general (headquarters) Ravinder Kumar confirmed the deputation of Kumar and Sankaran in Bhagalpur and Munger, respectively.

He, however, refuted the report of the incumbent IG and the DIG being shifted out of their jurisdictions. “The two officers have gone to New Delhi for some official work,” he said.

He added that the two officers would resume duty on October 8. Describing the deputation as “a routine affair”, the additional director-general (headquarters) added: “The deputation has nothing to do with the Khagaria incident.”

Kumar and Sankaran’s deputation assumes significance in the wake of the state police chief’s recommendation for suspension and departmental proceedings against former Sheikhpura superintendent of police Ansuya Ransingh Sahu for her alleged involvement in corrupt practices.

A 2006-batch IPS officer, Sahu has been charged with patronising liquor and stone quarrying mafia of Sheikhpura during her posting as the superintendent of police.