An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of Manika police station in Latehar district has been suspended following allegations of harassing a minor girl in the police station, where she was brought for questioning with regard to an elopement case registered on June 6.
The police said that the condition of the girl has improved and the police were taking care of the entire medical expenses. An inquiry by the Sub-Divisional Police Officer (Barwadih), Mangal Dev Jamuda, has been ordered.
According to the police, a case under Sections 363 / 366 of the Indian Penal Code was registered at Manika police station on June 6 regarding elopement of a girl with a man.
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As part of investigation, the parents of the minor girl, aged around 15, were asked to bring her to the police station. The police hoped that she would be able to give information related to the case.
On June 14, the girl was brought to the police station and questioned by ASI R P Sharma. Allegedly, the girl was questioned for long, while being kept in a room. Later in the afternoon, when her parents were taking her back home, she fell ill. She was admitted to a local hospital, from where she was referred to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi. The girl gained consciousness briefly on June 17. However, her condition has improved on Saturday, the police said.
“Prima facie, the conduct of the ASI has evidence of negligence and dereliction of duty. Hence, he has been suspended with immediate effect. Also, the SDPO is inquiring into the incident. Any further action would be taken as per the report,” said Latehar Superintendent of Police Anoop Birthare.
Birthare, however, added that the girl was not questioned for several hours as was alleged. “She was questioned for barely an hour and then she was with her parents. She was not locked in a room. Also, a woman constable was present when she was questioned. However, since prima facie lapses in terms of questioning a minor has come to light, we are probing the incident,” said the SP.
Apart from announcing that the entire expenditure of the girl’s treatment at RIMS would be borne out by the police, the SP also directed a lady constable to be present with the girl at the hospital till she was fit to go home.