Rape charges were levelled against an IPS officer on Sunday, a day after he filed a complaint with the police against Mulayam Singh Yadav, alleging that the Samajwadi Party chief threatened him.
Amitabh Thakur, an IG-rank officer, said an FIR was filed in Lucknow’s Gomti Nagar police station that named him as an accused in a rape case. Thakur had said yesterday that Yadav threatened him over the phone, asking him to “mend his ways”.
"I consider this as return gift from Mulayam Singh Yadav as I dared to make his threats public. We welcome this FIR, I’m sure justice will be done," he told ANI.
According to his wife, the provocation behind the threat could have been the FIR lodged by her against state Mines minister Gayatri Prajapati. Thakur, who has been assisting his wife and RTI activist Nutan Thakur in raising social issues, released an audio tape yesterday purportedly containing the voice of the SP chief, according to PTI.
"I felt I should take a stand. Therefore, I gave a complaint against SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav," Thakur, IG Civil Defence, told PTI.
"At around 4.45 pm, a phone came from Mulayam Singh's residence and he talked to me. He told me that whatever had happened in Jasrana, Firozabad, where I had been assaulted by one of his relative and an MLA in 2006, much harsher things will happen to me if I don't 'mend my ways'," Thakur said.
Senior Superintendent of Police, Lucknow, Rajesh Pandey said the matter will be probed to find out the genuineness of the audio tape released by Thakur. Nutan, who is an RTI activist, claimed that when her husband went to Hazratganj police station to lodge an FIR, SHO Vijaymal Yadav refused him.
But, on the IPS officer's insistence, he received a copy of the complaint and said the matter will be inquired.
Refuting the allegation, SP leader CP Rai said, "I have not heard the audio but such an allegation appears to be doctored. He (Mulayam) is such a senior leader. I know him for past 30 years...He can never threaten anyone." Meanwhile, BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said if the IPS officer approaches the Centre for security, it may consider it.
Replying to queries on it, he said, "From this you can understand the situtation in Uttar Pradesh. When an IPS officer can receive threats, what will be the condition of the common man."
"If the IPS officer requests the Centre for security, than it can be considered," he said.
Meanwhile, the Congress Party said that the FIR would send a wrong message to the country.