PUNE CITY police commissioner Rashmi Shukla said on Tuesday that three staffers from Kondhwa police station, including a sub-inspector, will be suspended for dereliction of duties and not registering an FIR with cognisable offences in case of molestation and assault of a 22-year-old advertising professional on May 1, when she first approached the police station.
The 22-year-old advertising professional was brutally thrashed and molested by five persons who had started teasing and harassing her for wearing short clothes. The incident took place in the early hours of May 1, when the girl was on her way back from a gathering with her colleagues.
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A First Information Report in this case was registered on Sunday. However, the complainant had first approached the police on the same day after the incident and the police officers on duty had registered a non-cognisable offence in the case. A case under the Indian Penal Code sections for molestation and physical assault were registered on Sunday only after inspector Varsharani Patil of Kondhwa police station ordered that the FIR be registered.
Police commissioner Shukla ordered an inquiry into the dereliction of duty by three staffers – sub inspector B P Deokate and constables Nanasaheb Bharud and Mahadev Surve. The primary inquiry was conducted by ACP Ravindra Rasal, who has now submitted the report to the deputy commissioner of police.
Shukla told The Indian Express, “A departmental inquiry has now been ordered and all the staffers will be suspended for dereliction of duty.” Police, initially, arrested three suspects after the FIR was registered on Sunday and the remaining two were arrested later.
The woman was on her way back home after a attending a gathering at a friend’s house with some colleagues when the arrested suspects first intercepted their car and later, chased them till her house. The woman was beaten, molested and her colleagues were also attacked.