29/03/2017 10:02 AM IST | Updated 29/03/2017 10:44 AM IST

2 Cops Suspended For Allegedly Harassing Cousins Under Anti-Romeo Drive In UP

The cops also reportedly demanded bribe of ₹5000.

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Lucknow Police run an anti-Romeo operation at Saharaganj mall, on March 22, 2017 in Lucknow, India.

RAMPUR -- Two policemen have been suspended for allegedly harassing and taking bribe from a youth and his cousin, whom they had detained during the Uttar Pradesh Police's anti-Romeo drive in Rampur.

On 26 March, sub-inspector Sanjeev Giri and constable Vimal detained a youth and his uncle's daughter, both aged about 18, when they came to purchase medicines from their native Hashmat Ganj village, Superintendent of Police K K Chaudhari said.

"The policemen said they had taken action against them under the anti-Romeo operations and they were kept at a police station for over five hours," he said.

The police personnel refused to let go the cousins even after their relatives approached them and clarified that they were related and were not a couple, he said.

The policemen allegedly demanded a bribe of ₹5,000 to free them, the officer said, adding the relatives gave the amount and also filmed the cops accepting the bribe.

They later approached the local MLA and Minister Baldev Singh Aulakh, who informed the SP about the incident.

The officer said after going through the video and initial investigation, he on Monday suspended the accused sub-inspector and the constable.

Anti-Romeo squads set up by the Uttar Pradesh government to prevent eve-teasing, has drawn criticism from certain quarters as policemen have allegedly targeted couples also.

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