PSIs Brawl, Footage Telecast, Both Suspended

PSIs Brawl, Footage Telecast, Both Suspended

Submitted by Subeditor on Tue, 2016-02-02 20:52 Bengaluru: Two sub-inspectors attached with the Hanumanthnagar police station in South Bengaluru were suspended after they brawled within the station premises on Monday evening over a cheating case. Later, the fight was telecast by news channels after a citizen present at the police station captured the drama and sent it to the media. Both the SI’s have been suspended by the Deputy Commissioner of Police (South division) until the completion of a departmental inquiry into the matter.BS Lokesh Kumar, DCP, said he had suspended Lingappa and Ganesh Kumar for their misbehaviour. Kumar issued the suspension order on Tuesday.Police sources at the Hanumanthnagar police station said the brawl between the two SI’s happened over a cheating case involving a woman identified as Nagarathnamma, who alleged that she had been cheated by another woman identified as Jayanti Pawar.Nagarathnamma had filed a complaint against Jayanti alleging that she had been cheated of Rs15 lakh. According to the complaint, Jayanti allegedly promised Nagarathnamma a flat in Richmond Town for Rs1.6 crore and collected Rs6 lakh and Rs9 lakh in two instalments as advance amount.But, according to the complaint, the promised transaction never materialised. Jayanti even did not return the money.SI Lingappa called both the parties to the police station for enquiry on Monday evening. Jayanti is said to have sought permission to leave the premises to purchase medicine but Lingappa reportedly denied the request after the complainant opposed it.Meanwhile, another sub-inspector Ganesh Kumar arrived at the station and reportedly gave permission to Jayanti to leave the station. This move is said to have triggered the altercation between the two police officials who abused and pushed each other. The entire drama was caught on camera by a citizen present at the station and was later sent to the media who telecasted the fight.DCP Lokesh Kumar viewed the incident as serious and suspended the duo based on a preliminary investigation done by an Assistant Commissioner of Police.“Both police officials were wrong. The fight created a bad impression of the police department. So, I suspended them immediately and ordered a departmental enquiry,” Lokesh Kumar said.