An unprecedented police versus police battle hit Bangalore on Wednesday over an FIR against an IPS officer who allegedly outraged a woman’s modesty by trying to click her pictures on his mobile phone at a coffee shop.
Hundreds of Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) personnel came out of their barracks and blocked an arterial road at Audugodi around 6pm protesting the FIR against their additional director general of police (ADGP) P Ravindranath.
A private bus was attacked and tyres were set ablaze during the blockade even as the city police struggled to maintain order.
The blockade, which continued even as midnight approached, indicated a breakdown of the police command structure even as Ravindranath launched a dramatic fight — in full media glare — to clear his name.
Ravindranath was booked under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) on Monday night.
The woman called the High Grounds police after she saw Ravindranath clicking her photos on his mobile phone.
In her complaint, she alleged Ravindranath was clicking objectionable photos on his mobile camera, DCP (Central) Ravikante Gowda told PTI on Tuesday.
Ravindranath, however, denied clicking any photos of the woman. “There was a man sitting on the first floor who snatched my phone and alleged that I was clicking photos of the girls in the coffee shop. But I did not do anything of that sort,” he told reporters.
Ravindranath went from one police station to another on Tuesday demanding that they arrest him. On Wednesday, he went to the office of the Bangalore commissioner of police, Raghavendra Auradkar.
Minutes after he went in, Auradkar left and went to the office of state director general of police (DGP) L Pachau. Ravindranath too proceeded to the DGP’s office.
In a late development, Ravindranath was transferred from the KSRP. He had not been given a posting at the time of this copy going to print.
Few police officials are willing to be quoted on the dramatic turn of events, but are keeping a close eye on the protest at Audugodi.
With inputs from PTI