The lawless Uttar Pradesh fell deeper into the crevasse of anarchy when the state government suspended IPS officer Amitabh Thakur on charges of indiscipline and participating in anti-government activities.
Since the matter has the possibility of snowballing into a major political controversy and is absolutely political in nature, UP Governor Ram Naik refused to make a comment on the same.
This bitter political squabble began when Amitabh Thakur alleged that Mulayam Singh Yadav, Samajwadi Party supremo and father of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, threatened him with dire consequences if he did not “mend his ways”.
He filed an FIR at the Hazratganj police station in Lucknow. He also released an audio tape where a voice, allegedly of the SP supremo, is heard cautioning him.
A rape case was filed against Thakur by a Ghaziabad-based woman in Lucknow’s Gomti Nagar police station the very next of the latter’s filing an FIR against Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Before his suspension, Thakur was in Delhi seeking a CBI probe into the rape case against him from the Union home ministry and security for him and his family.
Thakur was serving as Inspector General (Civil Defence). According to the state home department, Thakur did not adhere to directives of the Allahabad High Court which had clearly spelt out that government officials should not file PILs while in service.
How it unfolded:
July10: IPS officer Amitabh Thakur speaks to the press alleging that Mulayam Singh Yadav threatened him.
July 11: He files an FIR at the Hazratganj police station in Lucknow against Yadav.
July 12: A rape case is filed against Thakur. He calls it a “return gift from Yadav”.
July 13: The IPS officer calls for a CBI probe into the allegations against him.
July 14: The UP govt. suspends him.