Agra police has suspended four policemen for allegedly stopping the traffic to clear way for the passage of a vehicle carrying former state DGP Prakash Singh and his family on Sunday.
Refuting the claim,the former DGP said he visited Agra in a private vehicle and that he never asked anyone to stop the traffic. He accused the Agra police of dragging his name into the incident only to placate state Principal Secretary (Home) A K Gupta whose wife had reportedly got stuck in a traffic jam there.
The suspended policemen include sub-inspectors Pramendra and Sanjeev Dubey,and constables Suresh Kumar Singh and Raghuvir Singh.
Giving details,Agra SSP Shalabh Mathur said Singh was on his way to visit a memorial in Dayalbagh on Sunday when officials stopped the traffic to let his vehicle pass. He said a preliminary inquiry by a circle officer confirmed the incident after which the policemen were suspended. He also informed that Additional SP (East) has been asked to conduct an inquiry into the matter.
He said he had come to know from incontrovertible sources that wife of A K Gupta clicked a picture of the traffic jam and sent it to her husband.
When the police officers in Agra were asked to explain,they dragged my name, Singh added.
While Gupta could not be reached for comment,Mathur feigned ignorance if it was the Principal Secretarys wife who got stuck in the traffic.
Sources said IG (Meerut Zone) has also ordered an inquiry into the deployment of a police gunner to go along with Singh who stays in Noida.
Singh reiterated this was being done because he has named the wife of principal secretary.
He claimed that because he had served in various troubled areas as an IPS officer,and that there have been three major attempts on his life,a policeman was deployed for his security. I never asked for security. I am a member of National Security Advisory Board. Gupta should check the list of people who are being provided security by him, he told The Indian Express over the phone.