Former Uttar Pradesh cadre IPS officer Amitabh Thakur, who has retired early, claimed on Saturday that he was stopped by police from going to Gorakhpur, citing a threat to his life.
Mr Thakur was compulsorily retired on March 23 in “public interest” as he was found “unfit” for the remainder of his term of office.
Earlier, Thakur’s family had announced that he would contest the state assembly polls against Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath next year, calling it a struggle for principles.
The Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat was represented by Yogi Adityanath before he became the chief minister of the state.
In a video statement, Mr Thakur said that as he was about to leave for Gorakhpur in the morning with one of his friends, a huge police force along with the Gomtinagar circle officer arrived there and said he could not go there.
“When I asked them to explain the reason for this, I was told there is a threat to my life,” he said.
“In that case, (UP Chief Minister) Yogi Adityanath should not go anywhere because he is said to be threatened by the ISI and some other people. But he goes with the security arrangement. I should also be given his security and not stopped in the name of a threat. I was told that I am dealing with the anger of women from a specific community,” Mr Thakur said.
He added that this shows that Yogi Adityanath is afraid of a “little person” like him.
“This is laughable, shows the reality and is a murder on democracy,” Thakur said.
On August 14, Thakur’s family announced that he would participate in the state assembly polls against Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath next year.
In a statement released here, Mr Thakur’s wife Nutan said it is a struggle for principles for him.
“Shri (Yogi) Adityanath took many undemocratic, inappropriate, oppressive and discriminatory steps during his tenure as prime minister,” she claimed.
“Therefore, Amitabh will contest the election against Shri (Yogi) Adityanath from wherever he participates,” she said.
Following a decision by the Union Ministry of Interior, Mr Thakur was compulsorily retired on March 23 in “public interest”.
He was “not found fit to be detained for the remainder of his term of office,” an interior ministry order had said of Mr Thakur, who would have completed his service by 2028.
In 2017, Mr Thakur had urged the Center to change its cadre status.
The officer was suspended on July 13, 2015, days after he accused the patron saint of the Samajwadi party, Mulayam Singh, of threatening him. A vigilance investigation was also launched against him.
However, the Lucknow Bank of the Central Administrative Tribunal suspended his suspension in April 2016 and ordered his reinstatement with full salary effective October 11, 2015.
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