Lucknow, Sept. 22: An IPS officer was suspended today for allegedly beating three of his subordinates with an iron rod, a broom and a car wiper because they apparently did not inform him about the arrival of a Samajwadi Party leader.
A press release from the state home department said Moradabad senior superintendent of police Rajesh Modak has been suspended.
The Samajwadi leader, H.T. Hasan, admitted that he had called up the SSP to complain against his security guards who allegedly did not inform the officer about his arrival.
“Nothing like this ever happened to me in 18 years of my service. The senior superintendent of police hit us with an iron rod, a broom and a car wiper. All this because we failed to inform him about the arrival of a local Samajwadi Party leader H.T. Hasan,” 43-year-old Gumnam Singh said in his complaint to the deputy inspector general of police (Moradabad range) after yesterday’s incident.
Singh, along with the two others, guard Modak’s residence and were assaulted in the SSP’s office on the same campus.
“Gumnam Singh, Sunder Singh and Daya Kishan Dangwal submitted to my office a written complaint alleging that the SSP had assaulted them mercilessly without any reason. These three were posted at the residence of the SSP as security guard of the district police chief," DIG Amrendra Kumar Sengar said today.
“I have forwarded the complaint to the state home department after suspension,” he added.
Sources said Hasan had come to meet Modak at his residence yesterday morning.
The SSP, who had no idea that he had a visitor, kept Hasan waiting and left home on an official trip outside the city.
But once he came back and learnt that Hasan had come to meet him and that he was not informed about it, he was furious. He demanded to know from his guards why he had not been told.
“The SSP was furious. He first asked me to get him some water. After I returned, he first hit me with his hand and then assaulted me repeatedly with a broom," said Dangwal.
Hasan told the DIG that he had indeed complained to Modak against his staff. “But I am embarrassed that the constables were beaten by the SSP,” he told the DIG.
Hasan said he had accused Modak of not meeting him despite being at home.
Samajwadi Party sources said Modak often used his proximity to some of their party leaders to misbehave with people, especially leaders of Opposition parties.
“He had misbehaved with some Congress leaders when he was posted as SSP in Etawah two years ago. He was transferred from there. Now he has done it in Moradabad. The party is happy that he has been suspended. Some police officers bring the party bad name,” a senior Samajwadi leader said.