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After social media outrage, Lucknow cop suspended for breaking elderly man’s typewriter

Pradeep was suspended after Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav instructed the Lucknow SSP to suspend him for “beating up an innocent wage earner” at Lucknow GPO.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow |
Updated: October 15, 2015 7:01:24 pm

A sub-inspector on Saturday broke the typewriter of an elderly man by kicking it at Lucknow’s posh Hazratganj allegedly to remove encroachment from the area.

A native of Gomti Nagar in Lucknow, 65-year-old Krishna Kumar has been sitting outside the GPO with his typewriter to earn his livelihood for the last three decades.

Pradeep Kumar, who was later suspended after photographs — clicked by a photojournalist while passing through the area — of the incident went viral on the social media, was the in-charge of the Secretariat police outpost under Hazratganj police station.

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Pradeep was suspended after Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav instructed the Lucknow SSP to suspend him for “beating up an innocent wage earner” at Lucknow GPO.

A preliminary inquiry revealed that Kumar was prima facie guilty, ASP (East) Rajeev Melhotra said.

Later, the chief minister’s office tweeted that Akhilesh had instructed the Lucknow DM to meet Krishna Kumar immediately and help him with necessary support while adding that the principal secretary (Home) and the DGP have been asked to sensitise police officers, asking them to be polite to the public.

At night, on the instructions of Akhilesh, the DSP and SSP visited Krishna Kumar and handed over a new typewriter. They also apologised to him for the unethical behavior of the policeman, the CMO tweeted.

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