Lucknow vandalism: High Court seeks probe report of DC

The government has transferred Circle Officers of Bazarkhala and Chowk areas. SHO of Wazirganj police station has been sent to reserve police lines while two sub-inspectors have been suspended

The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court has sought the report of the inquiry done by Lucknow Divisional Commissioner in connection with vandalism by a mob in Old City area on August 17. The court has also sought the report of action taken by the government on that inquiry.

In the hearing of a PIL, praying the court for issuing directions to the state government to change statues of Gautam Buddha and Mahavir in two parks as well as action against the vandals, the bench comprising Justices Umanath Singh and V K Dixit today directed the government to submit the report of Divisional Commissioner's inquiry on October 18, when the case has been listed for final disposal. The statues in these two parks were damaged by a mob protesting against alleged atrocities on Muslims in Assam and Myanmar.

"The court has sought the inquiry report of the Divisional Commissioner," said Bulbul Godiyal, Additional Advocate General, who argued on behalf of the state government.

The Additional Advocate General informed the court that the damaged statues had been replaced with new ones and safeguarded with iron grills.

The government counsel also informed the court that action has been taken against police officers for dereliction in duty during the violence.

The government has transferred Circle Officers of Bazarkhala and Chowk areas. SHO of Wazirganj police station has been sent to reserve police lines while two sub-inspectors have been suspended.

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