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Thrashed by cop for complaining to DIG, Bihar woman loses dignity

A SHO allegedly beat a woman who complained against him to DIG for not entertaining her complaint in a case of land dispute. The SHO has denied the incident, even as the DIG has sought a report. The woman has now petitioned the lower court.

india Updated: Sep 08, 2017 19:49 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
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The victim , not satisfied by police action, has also petitioned the court. (Representative photo)

In what appears to be a case of police excess, a woman reportedly lost her dignity after being allegedly beaten up by a cop, leaving her sari in tatters waist below, at a police station in Bihar recently.

The woman’s only fault was that she complained to a senior police officer against a station house officer (SHO), who refused to entertain her complaint in a case of land dispute.

The police have, however, steadfastly denied it, even as the deputy inspector general of police (DIG), eastern range, Bhagalpur, has sought a report from the Kahalgaon inspector.

Not satisfied by the police action, the victim petitioned the lower court on Thursday.

In the eye of the storm is the Rasalpur police station SHO, Nilesh Kumar. He is accused of beating up Phool Kumari Devi, a resident of Chhoti Kurma village in Kahalgaon sub-division of Bhagalpur district, 235 kms east of Patna, for complaining against him to the DIG.

Devi met the DIG on August 31 after the SHO refused to entertain her complaint against three persons, who were allegedly demanding Rs 2 lakh to vacate her land.

The DIG reportedly instructed the SHO concerned to register her complaint and guided the woman back to the Rasalpur police station. It was when she returned to the police station on September 3 that the SHO allegedly thrashed her to the extent of the woman losing her dignity.

SHO Kumar was quick to deny it. “There are at least 15 cases against the woman for encroaching government property. The circle officer has issued notice to her in one such case,” he said.

“Investigations have revealed that the woman recently bought 10 kathas of land, which is disputed. One Rajendra Mandal claims he had bought the land some 30 years back by paying Rs 44,000 to its original owner Arun Singh. The woman wants me to get her possession of the said land. I told her that I could not and guided her to the circle officer who deals with land issues.”

DIG Vikas Vaibhav said, “The woman met me with a complaint that the police were not registering her FIR. Having directed the SHO concerned, I asked her to go back to the police station. After a few days she came back to me with a complaint that she was ill-treated at the police station. The SHO concerned and the Kahalgaon inspector have denied ill-treating the woman. However, I have instructed the Kahalgaon inspector to probe her complaint and submit a report.”

First Published: Sep 08, 2017 19:49 IST