OC who hit girl in police station gets suspended
An officer in-charge (OC), who was posted in chief minister Hemant Soren’s constituency in Barhet in Sahebganj, was suspended hours after a video of him brutally assaulting a 20-year-old girl went viral on social media on Monday.
On July 22, Harish Pathak had summoned the girl to record her statement in connection to her kidnap case filed by her mother against one Ramu Mandal and his father. However, Pathak lost his cool when the girl told him that she is in love with Ramu, dismissing the complaint filed by her mother.
The viral video shows Pathak beating the girl brutally, holding her hair while several other cops are waiting and watching. He was also heard using abusive language against her.
झारखंड में साहेबगंज ज़िला है। वहां बरहेठ थाना का प्रभारी एक दलित लड़की से कैसे पेश आ रहा है, @HemantSorenJMM जी आपको देखना चाहिए। लड़की प्रेम विवाह करना चाहती है और थाना प्रभारी उसकी इस इच्छा को थप्पड़ों से कुचलना चाह रहा है।— Avinash Das (@avinashonly) July 27, 2020
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On July 25, the girl lodged a complaint before Sahebganj SP Anuranjan Kispotta against Pathak but to no avail. Things changed when the video went viral. The SP said, “The OC has been suspended on Monday while we had already constituted a probe against him soon after the girl lodged her complaint.”
BJP's leader of legislative party, Babulal Marandi, dubbed the incident as a proof of growing lawlessness in the state under the Hemant Soren government. "An OC posted in CM's constituency has so much guts to beat a lady and abuse her in front of the camera is enough indication of the growing lawlessness in the state," he said.