Raipur: A woman constable in a Chhattisgarh district accused the local inspector general of police (IGP) of sexually harassing her.
The lady cop lodged a complaint with the Chakrabhatta police station in Bilaspur district along with audio clips in which the local IG, 1992 batch IPS officer Pawan Dev, was heard purportedly calling her on phone at unearthly hours asking her to visit him in his house.
She released the audio clips before the media persons at Raipur in Chhattisgarh while she was going to meet the state director general of police (DGP) AN Upadhyay to seek justice.
She also forwarded her complaint to the Chief Minister Raman Singh, state women commission and national women commission demanding action against the police officer.
State women commission chairperson Harshita Pandey said she has ordered a probe into the matter. The police officer however dismissed the charges describing it as “conspiracy” against him.
“I had earlier ordered dismissal of an assistant sub-inspector of police (ASI) Ashish Wasnik. The woman constable who has hurled charges against me is close to him. Hence, a conspiracy was hatched to avenge the action taken by me against the ASI,” he said.
The audio clips purportedly recorded the police officer’s voice while he was calling the lady cop on her cell phone on the intervening night of June 17-18 when she was in Bilaspur town on VIP duty. In the complaint, she alleged that the police officer wanted her to be posted in the IG office.
“You are beautiful and you have a good figure. I have started liking you. I want you to be in IG office so that I can meet you daily,” the police officer was quoted as saying by the complainant.
(This story originally appeared in the Asian Age)...