As many as 175 constables were dismissed from service by the Bihar Government in an exceptional move on Sunday, two days after clashes erupted at the Patna Police Lines over the death of an ailing policewoman. Except eight, all of them are trainees who were just inducted into the police force.
The government also suspended 23 police officers, including several assistant sub-inspectors, regarding the incident. The dismissed personnel were charged of indiscipline, indulging in violence, assaulting senior officers and damaging government property.
According to sources, the woman – Savita – had been unable to take leave in spite of being unwell for a couple of days. Despite she was rushed to a private hospital after her condition worsened on Wednesday morning, she passed away soon afterwards. On Friday, hundreds of police personnel went on a rampage at the Patna Police Lines – damaging vehicles and assaulting colleagues.
Civilian and media persons waiting outside were heckled during the mayhem. It was only after the Bihar Military Police, an armed division of the state police, arrived at the scene that the situation was brought under control.
The Bihar government order an inquiry by Central Zone Inspector General Nayyar Hasnain Khan, who presented a report within 48 hours. He has apparently suggested the transfer of more than 90 policemen posted in Patna for over 10 years, among other disciplinary measures.