Dalit Protests: many 'super cops' of UP fail on a single day
Lucknow: The widespread violence, erupted on Monday, by Dalit organisations over Supreme Court order over SC/ST Act underlined the gross failure of intelligence mechanism of Uttar Pradesh government even as all 'so-called' super cops presented a sorry face in the wake of violence.
Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Noida, Shamli, Saharanpur, Agra and Azamgarh were some of the worst affected districts, incidentally all manned by 'highly-rated ' and ' specialists ' in different categories. 'Why were they caught napping despite the all intelligence inputs at their disposal will remain a vexed question in the times to come.
Manzil Saini , the Senior Superintendent of Police, Meerut, Anant Dev, the encounter specialist, at Muzaffarnagar, Ajay Pal Singh at Noida, Babloo Srivastava at Saharanpur , Ajay Sahni at Azamgarh and Amit Pathak at Agra were some of the 'super cops' who were at the receiving end when large scale violence erupted in their respective districts with lack of adequate preventive measures at hand.
So much so that UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath summoned the state DGP OP Singh and gave him hi piece of mind to contain the violence. It was after the sudden eruption of violence in over a dozen districts that the Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar had to come out with a statement making it clear that the district officials were put to an alert last night.
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It was not so , though, as even the state capital was ill-equipped in terms of preventive arrangements and gathering of Dalit activists surprised the police force. '' The administrative laxity has always been a hallmark of Yogi government and today's incidents were just reaffirmation of this fact, '' the UP Congress Committee spokesperson Virendra Madaan said.
Ironically, the UP DGP had visited the Western Uttar Pradesh, the most volatile in the state, only a couple of days ago. It is being seen as the total lack of coordination between the Police and the Intelligence machinery on Monday's incidents specially since the police had created terror in Western districts following a spate of 'encounters' in the recent past.