Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Police department on Tuesday terminated the Jhansi-based police inspector who was heard tipping off a criminal to escape the encounter drive of the Uttar Pradesh government.
Earlier on Monday, an audio clip containing the telephonic conversation between Mauranipur Station House Officer (SHO) Suneet Kumar Singh and vicious criminal Lekhraj Yadav surfaced which exposed the syndicate of police and criminals in the state.
The police inspector was heard telling the criminal to set Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state chief and an MLA right if he wants to stay alive. Refusing to reveal everything on phone, the cop had told Lekhraj that his phone was on surveillance to trace out his location.
In the eight-minute-33-second audio clip, the Jhansi inspector had told the criminal that he is on top of police’s ‘hit-list’ as he had 60 criminal cases against him. After the surfacing of audio clip, the UP police department had suspended the inspector.
Suneet Kumar Singh had also confessed to be a criminal himself and killing dozens of people in his policing career. He went on saying that he doesn’t give a damn to his job and nobody had courage to transfer him in the police line (referred to as post office in the telephonic conversation).
The inspector has a tainted past:
- He had once been terminated from the job by the then DGP Vikram Singh on August 25, 2007.
- While being posted in Lucknow, he was once arrested in Kolkata with a stolen car.
- Following a feud in a dance bar, he had opened fire at the people there.
- After a case was registered into the matter, he stayed in jail for four months.
- After reinstatement on job by the High Court, he was posted in Jalaun district of Jhansi range.
- A Dalit woman had also registered a case of ‘unnatural sexual abuse’ in Jhansi.
It is worth mentioning that over a thousand encounters have been carried out under Yogi Adityanath’s regime in the state. As per the police records, a total of four dozen criminals have been knocked down in these encounters.
The Yogi government has also been under fire by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for the encounter drive in the state.
Go through the audio clip here: