Targeted for doing my duty with utmost honesty and sincerity: AkshaySachdeva
GANGTOK, 17 July
A senior IPS officer of the State, Akshay Sachdeva, who is presently posted as the Recovery Officer of the State Bank of Sikkim, has alleged that some people with vested interest have been smearing his reputation on an incident of lathicharged in 2013. He stated that some people with vested interest have been targeting him for doing the duty with utmost honesty and sincerity. He asserted that if the public does not support their righteous officers then it was very difficult for police officers to function.
Speaking to media persons here this morning, Mr Sachdeva said, “I have never gone in deputation to other place but I have been serving Sikkim from my heart since 28 years with utmost sincerity and honesty under four different governments in the State.” He stated to work sincerely and honesty in any post given by the government but presently some vested interest people have been doing propaganda by taking an incident of 2013 lathicharge. He added that it was important for the people of Sikkim to know the facts of the incident as the police were accountable to the people.
He thoroughly shared about the lathicharge incident took place on Sikkim KrantikariMorcha party foundation day on 11 February in 2013. He informed that on the request of senior SKM leaders a company of SAP and IRB was provided by him as the IGP [Law & Order] to avoid any clash. “I received a report of an attack on the then Chief Minister vehicle and when I reached the spot the District Collector and Additional District Collector were already on the spot and I was informed that the police identified people involved in the attacked but were not allowed to entered into the SKM office premises and the situation in the city getting tensed and chances for clash between SDF and SKM,” he said. Mr Sachdeva informed that the then DC AK Singh ordered for the lathicharge as all peaceful efforts were failed to take the people involved in the attack into the custody.
On using of Chakka word while briefing the police, he explained that the police were taught to take action with minimum injuries to the people so the briefing was enthusiastically to disperse people by the speech with fear factor and only to apprehend the culprits identified by the force. He stated that unfortunately the police not had the video camera recording of the entire speech to the force but who took video had done doctored the video and cut the earlier part and had just repeatedly posted incomplete video of the latter part in the social media.
On the allegations of molestation on women, he questioned that whether it was possible to molest any lady by an IPS Officer infront of lots of people in daylight in the public place. He added that on the petition on the incident in the Supreme Court, a retired DIG ranked officer discard the allegations of molestation after seeing all evidence and even the court has also accepted. He added that on using the word Chakka, I explained the court that it was used to motivate the force but still he apologised the court for using during the heat of the moment.
Mr Sachdeva said, “I have worked with utmost sincerity in any post given by the government so far. The present government gave the responsibility of the Recovery Officer of the SBS although many said it is an Under Secretary ranked post but without any word I started worked sincerely and recovered around Rs 1 crore in one month for the government.” He alleged that even when working sincerely some individuals have been doing vicious propaganda against him.
“I am now standing in front of the people’s court and they have to say me how a police officer should work. When political parties clashed with each other we should not come out on the field or not or should we provide security to the VIP or not,” he said. He stated that the people should tell that what the police should do when there was attack on the VIPs and public. “What should be do as if we do not take any action then the people call us cowards and if we take action then we associated with the political party and target us. I want to ask that what my mistake was as I have always kept the pride of the people of Sikkim, state government, public and police of Sikkim,” he said. He stated that he was never worked in associated with any political party of Sikkim but always worked independently and fairly.
“I am still working independently and fairly but now I need the support of the people of Sikkim and every section of the society. I have worked for every section of the society but now some vested interest people have doing propaganda to suspend him and to file case against me,” Mr Sachdeva said. He expressed that if the people would not support the sincere police officer now then no officer would go on the field as they have shown as the villain and targeted.
“I am not guilty. If I was guilty then the court had ordered punishment against me in these six years. The court has just asking the State on its view on the case but that does not mean that the State has to take action against the innocent officer by declaring him guilty or to file the case by suspended the innocent officer,” he said. He said that the DC had ordered for the lathicharge and he had just implemented the order.
“I have worked for the dignity of Sikkim and its people I do not deserve treated like this and the people should decide now. I want to ask the public what as police officer should do if VIPs were attacked should we provide the security to them or not and should we do our duty or not,” he questioned. He added that some people with vested interested have been targeting him for doing the duty.
Mr. Sachdeva appealed the Chief Minister and Ministers to protect his interest for working sincerely for the State and its people. “I want to appeal the people to support me today as if does not get any support then tomorrow no police officer would come out to save you and your properties. If the public does not support their righteous officers then it is very difficult for us to function,” he stated.