Telangana Sub Inspector arrested, removed from service for allegedly raping constable at gunpoint

IGP said that Bhavani Sen allegedly assaulted a few women constables in the past too by taking advantage of his position.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jun 20, 2024 | 12:43 AM Updated Jun 20, 2024 | 9:12 AM

Telangana cop accused of rape of a constable

A Telangana police sub-inspector was arrested on Wednesday, 19 June, for allegedly raping a woman head constable at gunpoint in the Jayashankar Bhupalpally district and has also been dismissed from service, police said.

The survivor had filed a complaint with senior officials against Sub Inspector Bhavani Sen, following which an inquiry was conducted against the SI and the allegation was confirmed, a release from the Telangana Police said.

A woman constable working at Kaleshwaram police station alleged that Sen, who was also working in the same station sexually assaulted her on 16 June, Sunday.

She alleged that the assault took place in a guest room of an irrigation project’s accommodation facility.

The FIR accessed by South First states: “The woman constable said that the incident occurred on 16 June when Bhavani Sen entered the room and abused her physically and then raped her. He also threatened of consequences if she reported the crime.”

The accused has been charged under Sections 449, 376(2), 324, and 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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In her complaint, the constable alleged that the SI threatened her using his revolver and raped her.

He then warned her of dire consequences if she revealed to anyone what he did to her.

Taking a serious view of the allegation against Sub Inspector Bhavani Sen, the Inspector General of Police (Multi Zone -1) AV Ranganath issued orders to permanently remove him from service.

Based on the constable’s complaint, the SI was booked under relevant sections of the IPC, another police official said.

There were also allegations against the SI that he had sexually assaulted three other women constables in the past by taking advantage of his position.

A case was earlier registered against the SI in July 2022 in Asifabad district over sexual harassment charges, the release said.

The SI frequently indulged in sexual assaults and was hurting the prestige of state police, the release added.

Under these circumstances, the SI was permanently removed from service as per Article 311 of the Indian Constitution, the IGP Ranganath said.

Article 311 of the Constitution provides for the dismissal of a person employed in civil capacities under the Union or a state.

(Edited by Neena with PTI inputs)

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