Allahabad court orders lodging of FIR against 42 police personnel

A local court Tuesday ordered that FIRs be lodged against 42 policemen from Kaushambi district in connection with the alleged attack on members of a backward caste in a remote village five months ago at the "behest of sand mafia".

Updated: May 17, 2011, 23:29 PM IST

Allahabad: A local court on Tuesday ordered that
FIRs be lodged against 42 policemen from Kaushambi district in
connection with the alleged attack on members of a backward
caste in a remote village five months ago at the "behest of
sand mafia".
Judicial Magistrate Madhu Dogra directed the in-charge of
Lalapur police station in Allahabad district to lodge a
complaint against Additional Superintendent of Police,
Kaushambi, M P Verma, Station Officer, Sarai Akil police
station, Chandrashekhar Prasad and 40 other police personnel
under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code "within one
week and file a copy in the court".

The order came on a petition filed by Gaindlal Nishad, an
activist of workers` body All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha
(AIKMS), who had alleged that policemen from neighbouring
Kaushambi, led by Verma and Prasad, Sarai Akil police
station`s in-charge, had attacked members of the Nishad
community at Pratappur village which falls under Lalapur
police station of Allahabad and is situated along the border
separating the two districts.
The AIKMS leader alleged that the policemen, who were
acting "at the behest of sand mafia active in the area", had
looted at least nine boats and three fishing nets besides
destroyed goods worth more than Rs 4 lakh after which they
also abducted seven villagers.

Attempts to lodge an FIR at Lalapur police station did
not succeed despite the fact that the attention of Inspector
General of Police of Allahabad had been drawn towards the
entire incident following which the petition was filed at the
District Court, AIKMS general secretary Suresh Chandra said in
a statement here.

PTI