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2 women cops suffer miscarriage on ‘VIP’ duty; IGP marks probe

They had to go to duty at 7 am and stay in park till 7 pm.

TWO WOMEN cops who suffered miscarriage due to strenuous duty at Rajindra Park, Sector 1, had made several requests to a senior officer for changing their duty, but to little effect. They were made to stand for long hours in the forest area where there was no arrangement for proper drinking water and toilet.

A Chandigarh Police constable lodged a complaint alleging that the two women cops were made to do the ‘hard duty’ due to which they both suffered miscarriage last month. The IGP has marked an inquiry into the incident. The complainant also made a request that the inquiry should not be marked to SP (IRB) R N Meena.

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Sources at the IRB said that the female cops were on duty at Rajindra Park, where the helipad for VIP landings and take-offs is located. The cops had to do ‘standing’ duty most of the time as they had to keep an eye in the forest area in the park whenever the helicopter landed.

The female cops who suffered miscarriage had to go to duty at 7 am and stay in the park till 7 pm most of the time. They had to struggle to get even drinking water and there were no arrangements for a toilet in the area where the cops were deputed during their pregnancy, said a source who is also deputed in the park.
“I know both the cops. Whenever we get information that a helicopter is coming, we have to stand in the forest areas one hour before the landing of the chopper. They were also doing the same. Many times I used to give them water. There was no arrangement for toilets there,” said a cop on condition of anonymity. “So how can one depute a female constable on such a ‘hard duty’?”

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Sources said that both the female cops also gave medical prescriptions to their senior officers and demanded that their duties be shifted to the IRB campus but no one listened to them.

SP Ram Niwas Meena, in-charge of the IRB, was not available for comment.

Meanwhile, lawyer and RTI activist H C Arora wrote a letter to Inspector General of Police R P Upadhyay, seeking a fair inquiry into the case as an SP-level officer is involved in it. Arora, in his letter, said that a senior police officer should conduct an inquiry into the case.

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