Woman constable accuses IGP of harassment, probe ordered

Raipur: A woman constable has accused the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Bilaspur range, of harassing her after which the Chhattisgarh Government today ordered a probe.

The woman constable, posted in Mungeli district of Chhattisgarh, filed the complaint before the DGP yesterday, accusing IGP Pawan Dev, a 1992-batch IPS officer, of making late night calls, using lewd language and asking her to come to his bungalow, a senior police official said.

She had earlier lodged a written complaint with the Bilaspur superintendent of police and Chakrabhatta police station in Bilaspur district.

She also produced recording of a telephonic conversation where Dev is purportedly heard speaking to her while being drunk and asking her to visit him at his house at night.

According to her, this conversation took place on the intervening night of June 17-18 when she was in Bilaspur on duty during the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit.

The IGP denied the charge, calling it a conspiracy.

“The woman is close to a police inspector….whom I had dismissed from the duty on Thursday following several complaints against him. Hence, the duo hatched this conspiracy,” he told reporters.

Chhattisgarh Home Minister Ramsewak Paikra told PTI that he had ordered the Director General of Police A N Upadhyay to investigate the complaint.

The state commission for protection of women rights also wrote to the DGP today, seeking a probe, its chairperson Harshita Pandey said.