Rape Case: SDPO Attached, SHO Among 3 Cops Suspended For Dereliction Of Duty

SRINAGAR: SDPO Vijaypur, Vishal Manhas has been attached to Zonal Police Headquarters, Jammu and SHO, Police Station, Vijaypur, Ali Imran, Assistant Sub Inspector, Rattan Lal and Head constable, Satwinder Singh were placed under suspension by the Government for dereliction of their duty.

The order to this effect was issued by Director General of Police J&K, Dilbagh Singh who received some inputs through CID that these police officers tried to hush- up the rape case of an eleven-year minor girl after her mother came to the Police Station on April 17 to report that the modesty of her minor daughter was outraged by a youth who forcibly entered their house during the intervening night of April 16 and 17, newspaper Daily Excelsior quoted sources as having said. The Police has also handed over the case to Crime Branch for investigation, sources added.

Priyanka Kumari DySP, Police Component Jammu has been given charge of SDPO Vijaypur in addition to her own duties till further orders.

It may be recalled that a lady from Bazigar Basti had come to Vijaypur Police Station with a complaint that the modesty of her eleven-year daughter was outraged by a youth namely Sudheer of Nathwal, tehsil Vijaypur who forcibly entered their house during the intervening night of 16 and 17 April, reported Daily Excelsior.

Instead of registering the FIR the Vijaypur police tried to hush up the matter. However, the DG Police after getting some inputs in this regard through CID took serious exception of it and issued orders for attachment of DySP and suspension of other three cops including SHO Vijaypur.

The Order issued by DG while taking serious view of the negligence on part of Vijaypur police said the minor victim and the complaint were not treated as per the laid down procedures of code of criminal procedure and POCSO Act and SOPs issued.

The DG after receiving CID report deputed a special team from the Crime Branch to have a ground report and the team straightway confirmed the commission of a heinous offense against the minor girl. Following the visit of Crime Branch , SHO PS, Vijaypur got alerted and immediately registered a case in PS Vijaypur on April 20 under FIR NO 55/2022 U/S 376, 232, 506 IPC 3/4 POCSO Act.

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