An inquiry has been ordered against four police officials, including additional SP (ASP) and deputy SP, for their delayed response to the incident of alleged stone pelting at a church and assault on the principal of a school, located on the church premises in Banda district by three youths on Sunday night.
UP DGP A K Jain has sent a letter to Banda SP Rakesh Shanker to conduct an inquiry on the roles of ASP Ashutosh Shukla, deputy SP Vinod Singh, who is posted as circle officer of City area, SHO of City Kotwali police station, Ranbir Singh and Civil Line police outpost in-charge, Sub-Inspector Ram Asrey Tripathi at the time of the incident. Tripathi has already been suspended in this case.
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Demanding an explanation as to why none of them reached the spot immediately after being informed about the incident, the DGP asked the SP to send a report on the same so that appropriate action can be taken against the concerned officials.
Jain told The Indian Express that the complainant in the case, Principal Albert Ruskin had called him and informed him about the assault and the stone-pelting on the church by the three accused— Rakesh, Sunil and Chandan . It was through him that Jain came to know about the laxity on the part of police officials as the main accused had managed to escape from the church campus after the incident.
The DGP also directed slapping of charges under the Gangsters Act on the accused and deployment of two policemen on the church campus as security measure. He has asked Chitrakoot range DIG to supervise the investigation process.
Station House Officer of Kotwali police station Ranbir Singh said all the three accused have been arrested and court has sent them to judicial custody.
The attack took place on Sunday night after the security guard refused to open the gates of the church campus at late hours for Rakesh, who lives in the servants’ quarters on the premises. He then called the other two accused who assaulted Principal Ruskin and pelted stones at the church, damaging a window, before escaping from the spot.