Kannauj: The Kannauj Police on Saturday lodged an FIR against BJP MP Subrat Pathak nine of his supporters, and other 42 unidentified people for allegedly attacking the Mandi police chowki, misbehaving with cops, and issuing threats to set afire the police outpost. Three sub-inspectors and four constables were injured in the incident.
Station House Officer (SHO), Kotwali police station, Ajay Awasthi said that on the complaint of injured Sub Inspector (SI) Hakim Singh, an FIR has been lodged against 10 named, including Pathak, and 42 others, Other who were injured include Sub Inspectors Hemant Kumar, Tarun Singh and constables Rohit Lavania, Subhash Kumar and Neeraj Kumar. They all have been sent to the district hospital for medical examination.
Pathak accused of trying to set ablaze police outpost
Pathak and his associates are accused of trying to set ablaze the police outpost in a bid to free a kidnapping accused arrested by the Unnao district police team. However, Unnao police left the police station after recovering the victim and the alleged kidnapper.
According to his complaint, the Mandi Samiti police outpost's in charge, Hakim Singh, received instructions on Friday night to assist the Unnao police, who had come here to conduct a raid in relation to a kidnapping case. The latter held five people from a gym.
“When the five were being taken to the police outpost, a youth reached there and demanded that all of them be released immediately. They also tried to free themselves when the Unnao police tried taking them along. In the meantime, one of them called BJP leader Subrata Pathak and about 15 minutes later, the MP reached the spot with his security personnel Sachet Pandey,” the SI said.
The victim claimed that when the MP asked about the in charge as soon as he got out of the car and was pointed in the direction of Hakim Singh, he grabbed hold of his collar. He also claimed that when colleagues attempted to save him, more than 40 people attacked them and tore their uniforms. When the police from other stations reached the spot, the MP ran away with his supporters, the complainant added. Efforts are on to reach out to the MP, said SHO Awasthi.
FIR lodged under sections 147, 148, 353
FIR has been lodged under sections 147 (rioting), 148 (mischief with deadly weapon), 332 (obstructing public servant), 353 (obstructing public servant in the performance of his duty), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (criminal intimidation), 427 (causing damage to the amount of Rs 50 or more) and 225 (attempt to forcible release of offender or other person from police custody) of the Indian Penal Code and under section 7 of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 1932, he added.
Leader of Opposition (LoP) Akhilesh Yadav, in a Tweet, posted that the public wants to know when will Pathak be arrested. “Today’s latest news: Policemen filed FIR against Kannauj’s BJP MP, Subrata Pathak…public is asking when will he be arrested? Should the police save their lives by hiding behind the bulldozers to avoid these BJP men?” the Samajwadi Party chief asked.
(With agencies input)