Brouhaha over Malpe constable's suspension

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Former MLA Raghupathy Bhat has given an ultimatum stating that the suspension order of police constable Prakash should be revoked within 24 hours and only then, the unbiased approach of the District In-charge Minister Pramod Madhwaraj and his non-interference into the matter will be proved.

Speaking to media persons here on Monday, Bhat said the minister’s nepotism is harming the innocent lives. Madhwaraj, who controls the police department, is twisting the case as his factory employee is involved in the case.

The behaviour of accused Kumar, who is a truck driver working in the fish meal factory of the minister, by patting the back of the wife of the constable and following the couple, is truly unruly.

The government hospital report says Kumar was under the influence of the alcohol and was sent back home as he had no injuries on the body. But the minister has issued a contradictory statement saying that  Kumar has been badly injured on back and was treated in a hi-tech hospital, he charged.

Bhat said the constable was forcibly made to apologise to the truck driver inside the fish meal industry. The Malpe PSI should be suspended for dereliction of the duty. The constable was forcibly taken to the fish meal industry of the minister by the PSI and was abused.

The PSI compelled him not to register the case. When the constable registered the case and the FIR was taken, the complaint copy remained in the pocket of PSI. The officer committed atrocity against his subordinate inside the police station, he alleged.

Besides, when the case was reaching a risky phase, the DySP called the constable and asked his wife to register a counter complaint in the women police station, which seems superficial. When the women fraction of BJP met the constable’s wife, she cried and narrated the saga, he said.

The incident took place on April 5 and the FIR was charged on April 7. It raises the questions. The constable’s suspension order does not clearly mention the reason. No criminal case was registered against him. It was only a medico-legal case.

The suspension order says that the constable has misbehaved in public and tried taking law into the hands and divulges nothing beyond. An inquiry should be conducted into the incident by a high-level officer in the department, he demanded.

It is total instability in the district and women are made to live under constant threat. Women are attacked frequently. The atrocities against women are increasing. Law and order has collapsed and the police have become the puppets in the hands of the minister.

The deputy commissioner and assistant commissioner were attacked. Innocents are arrested and all the arrested are migrated workers. The department has failed to arrest the person who is in-charge of the harbour. The real culprits are at large. The district is becoming scary day by day and disorderliness has become everyday affair, he added.

Meanwhile, the district BJP unit staged a protest rally in front of the Clock Tower and submitted a memorandum demanding justice to the suspended constable and his wife.

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