LUCKNOW, Uttar Pradesh, India: Uttar Pradesh government late on Thursday evening shifted deputy inspector general (DIG), Saharanpur range, Mr. Satish Kumar Mathur, who publicly endorsing 'honor killing'. Suprintendent of Police (SP) Mr. Santkabir Nagar Dharmendra Singh was also transferred for his remarks that police's priority is to catch thieves and not girls who have eloped. Both the officers were given insignificant postings. While the DIG was attached with office of the director general of police in Lucknow, the SP was shifted to Gonda as commandant of 30th provincial arms constabulary.
The action was taken after intervention of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. The latter intervened following public outrage and widespread criticism. The National Commission for Women had also written to the chief minister to suspend the two officers. Though the UP police administration had ordered an inquiry against Saharanpur DIG on Wednesday but no action was taken. In fact, senior police officers defended the DIG saying that he was quoted out of context. However, on Thursday morning, Akhilesh Yadav Ji, while replying to media queries assured that he will take action against the DIG. ""It's a serious matter. If what has been shown on TV channels is correct, action will take place. Law and order is a challenge in UP, but we have called a meeting of officers on law and order on the May 18"". The promise of action against the top ranking police official has come in view of growing public outrage over the shocking remark,"" he said.
The Saharanpur DIG Mr. Satish was on Tuesday caught on camera snubbing one Mr. Shaukeen Mohammad, who had come to seek help for recovery of his 14-year daughter kidnapped by some local musclemen. The DIG told Mohammad, a resident of Kaserwa village of Prabudhnagar district, to kill his daughter if she has eloped with somebody. While Mohammad feared that his daughter could be raped and killed by the abductors, who have a criminal record, the DIG remarked ""I don't have magical power to recover your daughter. But if she has eloped, you should be ashamed of it and end your life. I would have committed suicide or killed my sister if she had eloped."" After the matter was highlighted in the media, the girl was recovered by the police from Haridwar and handed over to parents.
Meanwhile, SP Santkabir Nagar was caught on camera, while addressing media persons, saying that the police has to catch thieves and not girls.