Taking serious note of some complaints, Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij on Thursday raided Civil Line Police Station in Rohtak and suspended SHO, five other cops for negligence of duty. Vij conducted inspection there for about an hour and found several irregularities as well as negligence of policemen on duty.
Talking to The Pioneer, the Home Minister said, “I have inspected civil line police station, Rohtak and suspended six policemen including SHO for their negligence on duty.”
Police source said the Home Minister found many complaints unattended. The SHO apparently received the complaints but had not maintained it in the register book. Large numbers of complaints received at Police Station were unattended.
In the course of inspection, it was also found that two loaded carbines and a pistol were found in one of the rooms of the police Station. As per rules, these weapons should be kept in the store room rather than in an unattended room. "Under such condition, anyone could misuse these weapons," a source said.
Sources said that the Home Minister came to Rohtak to attend a meeting with the officers of different departments. After the meeting was over, his convoy suddenly reached a Women's Police Station.
However, he did not go inside the Women's Police Station. After getting down from the car there, he reached the Civil Line Police Station adjacent to the Women's Police Station after a woman policeman had complained to him about irregularities in Civil Line Police Station.
On reaching the police station, he went directly to SHO and then to Munshi. The Home Minister first searched the files and then inspected other rooms including barrack number 11 and 12. Complaints were found in unclaimed condition from inside the table placed in barrack number 11.
SHO Naresh Chand could not give any satisfactory answer on why the complaint was kept there instead of being put in the register or registering an FIR on the received complaints.
Minister went to every room and checked all the offices, rooms and table drawer. He even went to the toilet and did an inspection.
The SHO could not answer why the carbine and pistol were kept in a room instead of keeping it in the store room. Vij reprimanded the SHO and said, “You are running this office as your private police station. You make decisions according to your choice.”
Finally after about an hour, the Home Minister ordered suspension of six policemen, including SHO Naresh Kumar, Munshi Virendra and Head Constable Rakesh.
These include the three policemen who kept the carbine and pistol unattended. He also instructed the SP to send a report to him immediately. The Home Minister also seized some documents from the police station concerned, sources added.