Forums demand impartial inquiry on harassment of ASI

Protesters demand action against Mangalore South ACP Jagannath

The Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), Forum Against Atrocities on Women and other like minded organisations have demanded the suspension of Mangalore South Assistant Commissioner of Police T R Jagannath who had allegedly harassed his female sub-ordinate, according to a complaint she had submitted to the Police Commissioner.

Staging a protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office on Friday, Forum Against Atrocities on Women core committee member Vidya Dinker demanded the police authorities to ensure that the inquiry on the harassment complaint filed by Pandeshwara police station Assistant Sub Inspector Srikala against the ACP should be conducted by a senior woman police officer.

“The police commissioner has handed over the case to deputy commissioner of  police for further enquiry.  But the Forum demands for handing over of the case to a woman officer to ensure impartial enquiry,” Vidya Dinker  said. She said that the Commissionerate and the district police have failed to constitute a special committee which is mandatory in accordance with the Supreme Court guidelines, to enquire into the harassment complaints filed by women police staff against their male colleagues.

“We have already demanded the Mangalore city police commissioner to constitute a committee and he has responded positively,” she said.

Meanwhile, Forum against Atrocities on Women core committee member also demanded for the suspension of the ACP till the enquiry is completed.

Democratic Youth Federation of India District President Muneer Katipalla demanded for a total enquiry into all the complaints and corruption allegations against ACP Jagannath.

“There are several allegations against the ACP including his involvement in land mafia and illegal investments in education institutions. Illegal activities like night clubs, gambling, prostitution, liquor sale are rampant in Mangalore South police station limits,” he said. Litterateur Sarah Aboobakkar, SFI leader Jeevan Raj and others were present.

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