More than 100 police constables,camping in Hathras area of Mahamaya Nagar district and deployed on poll duty,went on a rampage damaging vehicles and staging a blockade on the Aligarh-Agra Road for over three hours following an altercation with the Additional SP (ASP),a Circle Officer (CO) and an SHO of the district on Monday noon.
The ASP,CO (City) and the SHO were allegedly attacked and the CO is learnt to have suffered head injuries.
The constables were reportedly caught playing cards and gambling by the officials. One of the constables,who misbehaved with ASP Ashok Kumar,was allegedly slapped by the ASP,leading to the altercation.
Aligarh Range DIG BP Tripathi said the ASP had been transferred and attached to the DGP Headquarters following the incident. The constables,who came from Gonda and Bahraich districts,have been sent to polling stations for law and order duty.
The Mahamaya Nagar SP has been asked to inquire into the incident and identify the constables involved in the act,the DIG added.
Tripathi said the incident took place around 1 pm when ASP Ashok Kumar,CO (City) Jagat Ram Joshi and SHO of Hathras police station,Shiv Lal Arya reached the MG Polytechnic ground where the police team arrived from different districts for poll duty was camping.
The police officials reportedly found around 10 constables from Gonda district police playing cards. The ASP admonished the constables for doing so when they were supposed to get ready to leave for poll duty.
The DIG also said the matter turned ugly when one of the constables allegedly misbehaved with the ASP for objecting. The ASP allegedly slapped the constable,which angered other constables. They manhandled the ASP and damaged his official vehicle. As the CO and the SHO intervened,they,too,were attacked by the lower rung policemen.
The ASP,CO and the SHO left the place,but the constables reached National Highway-93 on Aligarh-Agra Road and started throwing stones at the passing vehicles.
SP Chandra Prakash arrived and tried to pacify the constables,but they refused to relent. Later,Aligarh Range DIG and Commissioner BP Tripathi and S K Verma,respectively,rushed there and pacified the constables by telling them the ASP had been transferred.