UP: 3 cops suspended, probe against one in Divya case

UP: 3 cops suspended, probe against one in Divya case
Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government suspended three police officers, lodged an FIR against one of them and ordered inquiry against the then DIG of Kanpur in the Divya sexual assault and death case of September last year.

"On the basis of the inquiry report submitted by the Crime Branch-CID, suspension of three police officers has been ordered by Chief Minister Mayawati, besides ordering an inquiry against the then DIG of Kanpur Prem Prakash," said Cabinet Secretary Shashnak Shekhar Singh.

Those suspended included Station House Officer of Kalyanpur Anil Kumar, accused of illegal detention and falsification of records, Additional Superintendent of Police Lal Bahadur and deputy SP L Mishra, both accused of acting against the provisions of public conduct rulebook, he said.

An FIR has been registered against the SHO. Singh said a departmental probe has been ordered against Prem Prakash on charges of improper supervision of the case.

"The inquiry will be conducted by Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), who will submit his report within two weeks," he said.

The Cabinet Secretary said the government has also informed Medical council of India about conduct of a private doctor named Abha Mishra, who allegedly medically examined Divya. She was not authorised to conduct the examination.

The incident occurred on September 27 when 12-year-old Anushka alias Divya, a fourth standard student of Gyan Bharati, was sexually assaulted within the school premises.

Divya was sent back home along with two maids and her mother was informed at her workplace. Divya died in hospital that evening. The CB-CID probe was ordered on October 23.

While school manager C P Varma's son Piyush was chargesheeted yesterday for the sexual assault, the CB-CID in its report has also said that the manager and his other son Mukesh were guilty of connivance. It found "shortcomings in the police action," the official said.