An IAS officer posted as the
Rampurhat SDO has written to the West Bengal chief secretary
alleging confinement and harassment by the sub-divisional
police officer during a visit to a police station in his
jurisdiction, a senior government official said Monday.
The state government has initiated a high-level probe
into the complaint of the IAS officer, who had joined as
Rampurhat sub-divisionl officer in June, he said.
Rampurhat SDO Smrutiranjan Mohanty has written to
chief secretary Malay Kumar De and to home secretary Atri
Bhattacharya alleging that he was harassed and confined at the
Rampurhat police station by Rampurhat SDPO Abhishek Roy and
other police officers during his visit there on November 16.
Mohanty, who had gone on leave since the day after
the incident took place, has also urged the administration to
take immediate action against the accused police personnel and
sought police protection.
He said that his office had been receiving several
complaints of extortion and corruption in several business
activities in the sub-division.
Following it he had made several attempts to contact
the inspector in-charge of Rampurhat police station but in
vain. This had prompted him to visit the police station during
which he was threatened by Roy and other police officers, the
SDO said in his letter, a copy of which is with PTI.
Mohanty alleged that Roy had challenged his presence
at the police station and that he and the local police locked
its doors, confined him and refused to allow him to leave.
Mohanty in his letter claimed that he was allowed to
leave after being harassed and made to answer a large number
of questions on his powers.
He said that under Section 22(a) of Police Regulation,
1943, Bengal, he was well within his rights to make a thana
inspection annually and report the findings to the district
Birbhum District Magistrate Moumita Godara in her
report has, however, ruled out that Mohanty was confined in
the police station.
Godara said she had asked the Birbhum superintendent
of police to rush to the police station after getting a call
from the IAS officer.
Video footages and other evidences available showed
that Mohanty was not confined by any police personnel during
his visit to the Rampurhat police station as alleged by him,
she told PTI.
Godara said she has already forwarded the letter to
the chief secretary.
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