Uttar Pradesh: Where cops need protection
Lucknow: Even as Uttar Pradesh Police Thursday launched a helpline (1090) meant to serve women in need of protection, people wondered whether a helpline for cops in distress might not be a good idea.
In the eight months that Akhilesh Yadav has been chief minister of the state, one sub-inspector was shot dead, a home guard escaped an attempt on his life, three police officials had their weapons looted, and more than half a dozen police stations have been attacked, vandalized or set on fire.
In the last fortnight alone, three incidents were reported from state capital Lucknow, of policemen being attacked by hoodlums; in one instance, there was an attempt to run over a traffic cop.
Only last week, a circle officer of the deputy superintendent of police (DSP)-rank belonging to the chief minister's security was bashed up in public view.
On Nov 1, a traffic constable near Bapu Bhawan in Lucknow was thrashed by motorcycle-borne youth; the next day, a sub-inspector of the traffic department was beaten up in Mahanagar locality; on the same day, a policeman of the state's Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) was beaten black and blue on a city bus.
A police sub-inspector was shot dead by criminals in Lakhimpur Kheri Oct 28 and his service revolver snatched.
A few days later, a home guard was attacked and shot at.