Deal sympathetically with those standing in bank queues: Akhilesh to police

Lucknow: A day after suspending two police officers, including an SP, for lathicharging people outside a Fatehpur bank, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday instructed top officials to deal sympathetically with those standing in queues trying to withdraw money or exchange notes.

“The state government is with the people who are facing problems in the wake of demonetisation, and will provide all help possible,” Akhilesh said in a statement in Lucknow.

Instructing District Magistrates and Police Superintendents to deal with all sections of society with a sympathetic and sensitive attitude, the chief minister warned respective district administrations that those found responsible for inappropriate behaviour with people will face stern action.

The chief minister also directed all DMs to ensure that farmers do not face any problem in procuring seeds, fertilisers and other goods since rabi sowing is currently on.

On Tuesday, the CM had taken serious note of lathi charge on people standing in queue at a bank in Fatehpur and suspended Superintendent of Police Ram Kishore and SHO Sanjay Kumar Yadav.

The action was taken after a video of a policeman lathicharging people standing at the bank in Kishnupur area went viral on social media with local channels also airing it.

“The work of police is to help people, who are already troubled due to demonetisation. Lathi charging them is not good,” he had stated.