In a grim reminder of the murder of Kunda Deputy Superintendent of Police Zia-ul-Haq almost three months ago, the Allahabad Station House Officer was killed by a group of armed men on Friday.
Rajendra Kumar Dwivedi’s murder has once again exposed the failure of the Samajwadi Party Government in tackling issues of law and order in Uttar Pradesh.
Dwivedi was on patrol duty in the Bara police circle when some unidentified men sprayed bullets on him, killing him on the spot.
Allahabad Zone Inspector General Alok Sharma later told Express that after receiving a tip-off on the movement of some criminal elements, Dwivedi chased a car from Bara to Shankargarh. An exchange of fire ensued and Dwivedi died in the attack.
“Our investigations are in the right direction,” said Sharma.
As the news of the SHO’s murder spread, a shocked police department officers indirectly blamed the state government for its failure to tame mafia elements. Many senior officers rushed to the spot of crime, but till evening no headway was made in cracking of the crime.
In another incident last week, a circle officer of Etawah was chased and assaulted by a violent mob. A gunner, who was part of the Chief Minister’s security, was killed a month ago.
Also a police party was chased by a crowd in Mathura last month, which ended in the killing a police constable.