Bengaluru: Two more police officers, including an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), was suspended on Saturday after preliminary inquiries indicated dereliction of duty. With this, the number of suspended police officers has risen to six. On Friday, four police officers including a police inspector were suspended over mishandling of the case involving stripping and mobbing of a Tanzanian girl student on Sunday night.
The Assistant Commissioner of Police, Yeshwanthapura subdivision, Ashok Narayan Pise, has been suspended. Department sources said that the Mr Pise did not visit the spot after the incident and ignored the Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs), including securing the victim, medical examinations and her statements, following the arrest of the Sudanese student who caused the road accident. Mr Pise also reportedly misled his senior officers by trivializing the incident and telling them that the situation was under control, the sources said.
A constable attached to Jalahalli traffic police station, Prakash, too was suspended on Saturday after it was found that when he was dispatched to the spot, he did not apprise his seniors on the seriousness of the mob fury that set cars ablaze and assaulted the African students.
The others who were suspended on Friday were G. Praveen Babu, police inspector Soladevanahalli police station, Manjunath, police constable, Peenya police station, V. Jagadish, police constable, Soladevanahalli police station, and C.K. Honnesh, police constable attached to Soladevanahalli police station. Two more local residents from Ganapathinagar were arrested on Saturday bringing the total number of arrests in the stripping, mobbing and arson case to 11.
The police identified them as Chand Pasha, 31, and Mounesh, 20 years.
Adequate security and bandobust arrangements have been made in the surrounding area and the police patrolling has been arranged to prevent untoward incidents and to instill confidence among foreigners staying in Bengaluru, stated a press release from the commissioner’s office.