UT Police reconstitutes SIT, removes investigating officer

Chandigarh

TAKING note of accusations of harassment and misconduct levelled by 17-year-old gangrape victim against Sub-Inspector Usha Rani, the Chandigarh Police on Monday removed her from the Special Investigation Team (SIT) which was constituted on Saturday. The police also initiated a department inquiry against Rani who was the investigating officer (IO) of the case.

Keeping in view the victim's convenience and sensitivity of the case, the police on Monday reconstituted the SIT which would now have all women police officers. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ashish Kapoor and Inspector Malkiat Singh were removed from the SIT.

"We have reconstituted SIT and only women officers will now investigate the case under the SSP's supervision. An all-women officers' SIT has been constituted for the victim's comfort. We want her to cooperate without any inconvenience," said Inspector General of Police R P Upadhyaya.

The new SIT will be led by DSP (women cell) Kamla Meena and have DSP Shweta Chauhan, Inspector Harjit Kaur, Inspector Kulbir Kaur, SI Aarti Goyal and ASI Chandermukhi.

Senior Superintendent of Police Sukhchain Singh Gill said, "The victim alleged that SI Usha Rani misbehaved with her as a result of which she was unwilling to cooperate with the investigation."

Taking note of the allegations against the IO and other police officers who allegedly misbehaved with the victim, the IG marked an internal inquiry. "In the fax sent by the victim's cousin, he pointed out some problems which he and the victim faced while getting the complaint registered. IG has marked an inquiry to SSP Maneesh Chaudhry. He has been asked to verify the facts and establish if the allegations are true. An action will be taken against the officers accordingly," said SSP Gill.

"Usha Rani misbehaved with me and my sister when we were getting the case registered. We are ready to cooperate with police but not if Usha Rani is a part of SIT," the victim's cousin had asserted.

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