Shillong, Aug. 13: A Meghalaya police sub-inspector, who was allegedly involved in the gang rape of a schoolgirl two years back, has been dismissed from service last week.
The service of S.N. Roy, 44, of East Khasi Hills district police was terminated after an inquiry proved “beyond any shred of doubt” that he had “committed an act which amounts to moral turpitude”.
The order to discharge Roy from service was signed on Thursday by superintendent of police, East Khasi Hills, M.H. Kharkrang.
The additional superintendent of police, S.A. Rynjah, had conducted an inquiry against Roy on the basis of an investigation into a case filed at Laitumkhrah police station here.
“I agree with the findings of the inquiry officer as far as charges are concerned which have proved beyond any shred of doubt and which have been duly corroborated by witnesses,” Kharkrang said in the order.
According to the order, on the night of March 17, 2011, Roy along with his two accomplices went to a city hotel at Khyndailad where a room was booked in his name. Roy had also taken along two minor girls to the hotel room.
“That the delinquent and his accomplices indulged in an act of immoral activity by indulging in illicit sexual intercourse with two minor girls has been proved beyond any shred of doubt. Due to such irresponsible conduct by some black sheep in police, the credibility and efficacy of the police are being questioned from time to time,” Kharkrang further noted. The SP also said he was convinced that Roy had committed an act which amounted to moral turpitude.
“Such negligence can neither be ignored nor condoned. To ignore or condone such acts will only send a wrong signal to the rank and file in police. I am left with no other alternative but to inflict the sternest of punishments on the delinquent so that it sends the right signal,” Kharkrang stated.
He said a member of the police force is expected to protect the lives and property of citizens and prevent crime. Kharkrang said in this case, Roy had facilitated the hiring of the hotel room at odd hours and indulged in immoral activities with minor girls.
“This incident has tarnished the image of the police department and whatever good done by other members has been enveloped by this single act of moral turpitude committed by Roy. The image of the department will not be restored if such kind of officers continue to be in service,” he said before ordering Roy to be discharged from service with immediate effect.
When the crime surfaced in 2011, Roy went on unauthorised leave before he absconded. Later, he surrendered himself before the court and was also reinstated in service before he was recalled from his duty.