IAS officer assaults lady doc in Bhopal, booked for rash driving

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Oct 17, 2014 14:41 IST

Twenty four hours after psychiatrist Dr Ruma Bhattacharya's car was hit by a car allegedly driven by an IAS officer Davindra Pal Ahuja, the police lodged an FIR on Wednesday. Bhattacharya is also a member of crime against women cell of MP police.

Bhattacharya was also allegedly manhandled by the officer before he was forced to flee as a crowd had gathered at the accident spot on Tuesday night. But the FIR registered by the police after much perusal does not have any reference to the physical violence with the woman. The officer has been booked only under sections of rash driving.

Ahuja is presently posted as managing director of MP Trade and Investment Facilitation Corporation (TRIFAC). "It is ironical that though I am a part of crime against women cell of MP police but the police lodged the FIR only after 24 hours and that too on non-serious charges. Maybe the police are under pressure as the person who physically assaulted me in public is an IAS officer," she alleged.

The accident took place around 8pm on Tuesday but no FIR was registered till Wednesday evening. The FIR was registered only after Bhattacharya reached the police station with around 50 influential persons. She said that in the past 24 hours she tried to contact town inspector, TT Nagar police station, several times but he didn't respond to her calls.

City superintendent of police, TT Nagar, RD Bhardwaj said they have registered an FIR against the driver under Section 279 of IPC (rash driving) and are investigating to ascertain who was actually driving the car adding that other charges would be added later if required on the basis of probe.

"I was passing by a narrow lane of New Market along with my mother and uncle in my car around 8pm on Tuesday. As there was huge traffic, I stopped my car on the left side of the road so that other vehicles could pass easily. Suddenly, a white Skoda (car) hit my car from front and broke a headlight," alleged Bhattacharya.

"I got down from the car and asked the person to stop. But instead of stopping, he tried to hit me. Seeing this, passers-by came to help me. But Ahuja gave his car's keys to his driver and asked him leave. Ahuja also tried to escape but couldn’t as he was surrounded by a crowd," she said.

"He thrashed me when I tried to stop him from escaping. He pushed me so badly that I fell down and suffered injuries on my right hand. One of my fingers started bleeding profusely," she said.

As she was accompanied with her mother and uncle, she decided to move from the spot and went to TT Nagar police station. The cops asked her to submit an application regarding the incident and sent her to hospital. HT repeatedly tried to contact Ahuja over his mobile phone for his comments but he did not respond.

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