Four police constables have been suspended for raiding the residence of a local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, while an SHO in charge of the station has been sent to the police lines. A senior police officer gave this information on Saturday. According to BJP leader Ramesh Kumar Pandey, the Purkalandar police station team raided his residence in Keshavpur Anjana village, ransacked his house and detained him, and brought him to the police station at midnight a day before Diwali. Didn't find anything objectionable in his house.
Pandey is an office-bearer of the Bharatiya Kisan Morcha and is also the booth in charge of the BJP. He claimed that he tried to contact senior BJP leaders in the district but did not get any help due to the Deepotsav celebrations in Ayodhya. According to Pandey, the police personnel threatened to send him to jail under the NDPS Act and Arms Act related to the prohibition of narcotics, fearing that the BJP leader borrowed money from his relatives to save his life and gave Rs 40,000 to the police and Somehow rescued himself from the police station.
After being released from the police station, Pandey narrated his entire story to senior BJP leaders but was advised to remain silent for some time due to the Prime Minister's visit. He again contacted BJP leaders after Diwali, following which senior BJP leaders brought the matter to the notice of Ayodhya Senior Superintendent of Police SSP Prashant Verma on Friday. The SSP investigated and found the policemen guilty.
SSP Verma told PTI, "I have received a written application from the complainant. This was followed by an investigation, in which prima facie the policemen were found guilty of committing unlawful activities. I have suspended four constables who raided and ransacked Pandey's house and put the SHO in charge of Purkalandar police station online.