SI tries to molest Dalit woman inside police station; arrested

A police Sub-Inspector was today suspended and arrested for allegedly trying to molest a Dalit woman inside police station premises in Mal area of the city.

SI Kamta Prasad Awasthi was arrested following a complaint by the woman, who alleged that last night he had tried to molest her, a police spokesman said here. Awasthi called the woman at his quarter inside Mal police station for some inquiry and tried molesting her, he said.

Station Officer Rakesh Kumar Singh and Circle Officer Malihabad Jitendra Kumar Srivastava have also been removed from the post and attached with police office.

The woman, due to some dispute with her neighbour, had lodged a complaint in the police station about nine months ago. The woman in her complaint today alleged that the SI used to call her every now and then at the police station on pretext of inquiry, he said.

"Last night, Awasthi, who was probing the case, called me at his official residence inside the police station premises and tried to molest me," she alleged in the complaint.

Somehow she managed to escape from the place. CO Kumar was removed from the post for not informing the senior officers about the incident and bad conduct, the spokesman said.

The case was handed over to Additional Superintendent of Police (protocol) Gyan Prakash Chaturvedi.

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