Rampur: Two policemen of the anti-Romeo squad in Uttar Pradesh have been suspended for harassing a youth and his cousin and asking bribe to release them from detention. The boy and her cousin were detained on March 26 by officials of anti-Romeo squad, which has been formed on the order of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to curb crimes against women. The accused cops allegedly demanded bribe for releasing the youth even after the family clarified that they were not a couple.
According to Superintendent of Police K K Chaudhari, a youth and his uncle’s daughter, both aged about 18, were returning to home after purchasing medicines from their native Hashmat Ganj village, when sub-inspector Sanjeev Giri and constable Vimal detained them. The policemen claimed they had taken action against them under the anti-Romeo operations and kept the cousins in detention for over five hours.
When the family of the victims approached the police and clarified that they were related and were not a couple, sub-inspector Sanjeev Giri and constable Vimal allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 5,000 to free them. While the family paid the bribe, they also filmed the incident and complained the local MLA and Minister Baldev Singh Aulakh about the incident. While the investigation is going on, the department has suspended the accused cops.
Anti-Romeo squads set up by the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to prevent eve teasing, has drawn criticism from certain quarters as policemen have allegedly targeted couples also.
[easy-fb-like-box url=”https://www.facebook.com/mumbainewsworld?fref=ts” width=”500″ height=”211″ faces=”true” hidecover=”false” posts=”true”]