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SHO role under scanner

Patna, Jan. 22: The station house officer of Darauli in Siwan district could face disciplinary action for allegedly intimidating and abusing Gopalji Pandey on the directive of former deputy inspector-general of police (Saran range) Alok Kumar.

According to an FIR lodged with the economic offences unit (EOU) police station in Patna, Darauli station house officer Samarth Kumar allegedly threatened Pandey, the representative of a UP-based liquor manufacturing unit, with dire consequences for not paying heed to the senior IPS officer’s order.

Pandey said: “The SHO called me on my cellphone on January 13 and directed me to meet the DIG as soon as possible. He also abused me over the phone not for calling on his boss in Chhapra.”

He added that the SHO allegedly took photographs of his houses at Netwar and Mairwa to exert pressure on him. An investigating officer said the SHO’s role would be probed into. An EOU team interrogated the SHO and found the photographs purportedly taken to blackmail Pandey.

In the FIR, a copy of which is with The Telegraph, Pandey alleged that Alok Kumar had warned him to get him and his family of dire consequences if he failed to pay Rs 10 crore to the officer.

He quoted the DIG as saying that his monthly income was around Rs 22 crore, while he was demanding just Rs 10 crore.

On January 10, when Pandey and Umesh Singh called on the DIG at his official residence, the officer sent Umesh with him to Siwan with an instruction to pay him Rs 5 crore at once and the remaining amount the following day. “When I told Umesh that I had only Rs 1 lakh, the latter refused to accept the amount and returned,” Pandey said in his complaint.

On the other hand, Alok Kumar reported to the state police headquarters today and has been kept on waiting for waiting for posting.