Suspension of ACP, PI stayed for 2 weeks

The Karnataka Administrative Tribunal  (KAT) on Tuesday stayed, for two weeks, the State government order suspending an assistant commissioner of police (ACP) and a police inspector in connection with Tanzanian student assault case.

After hearing the petitions of the ACP (Yeshwantpur) Ashok Narayan Pise and Soladevanahalli police inspector Praveen Babu, the KAT stayed the suspension order and issued notice to the State government. Pise, Babu and four constables were suspended on the charge of dereliction of duty when the incident took place on the night of January 31 on Hesaraghatta Main Road.

In his petition, the ACP contended that he did not commit any dereliction, which could attract the suspension. He was deployed at the Palace Grounds where Invest Karnataka-2016, a global investors meet, was organised. So, there was some delay in reaching the accident spot. He had taken necessary measures to control the situation. Hence, the government order should be withdrawn.

A few local residents had thrashed a Sudanese student for causing the accident. The cops shifted him to a private hospital at Rajarajeshwarinagar. Later, they shifted the student in the ACP’s vehicle to KC General Hospital in Malleswaram on security grounds. He returned to the spot in a two-wheeler of a policeman, Pise stated in his petition.

A group of locals had assaulted Jamal Ibrahim, a friend of the Tanzania student, before he reached the spot. The cops shifted Jamal to Saptagiri Hospital, and Kareem Saheb, the husband of Shabana Taz who was killed in the accident, was being treated at the same hospital. Local residents demanded Ibrahim be handed over to them. The cops shifted Ibrahim to the scanning room through the rear door, the ACP stated.

The inspector, in his petition, stated that the a complaint from Ibrahim was received at 9.30 pm on January 31. Ibrahim complained that some people assaulted him and his friend, and set their car on fire. Ibrahim did not inform about the attack on Tanzania student. Hence, the cops could not get more details about the incident. The cops arrested the suspects on February 3, the day when the victim lodged a complaint, the inspector stated.
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