After a probe by a special investigation team pointed at a nexus between police and gangster Vikas Dubey, allegedly responsible for the death of eight policemen, the Uttar Pradesh government has suspended senior IPS officer Anant Dev who was police chief of Kanpur district in which the policemen were ambushed shortly after midnight on July 2.
“Anant Dev has been suspended. The action has been taken on the basis of the SIT report,” Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Kumar Awasthi told.
Although the attack on policemen in Bikru village, under Chaubeypur police station area, took place after Dev’s tenure, the SIT report submitted to the state government last week has named him, reported news agency PTI.
SIT handed led by Additional Chief Secretary Sanjay Bhoosreddy, with Additional DG Hari Ram Sharma and DIG Ravinder Goud handed over a 3,500-word report to the state government last week, recommending action against police personnel and administration officials.
The report carried 36 recommendations, giving details of the alleged role of some officers and 80 police personnel in the Kanpur episode.
Dev was posted with the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) in Moradabad.