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Harassment of IPS officer by an Assam Rifles’ jawan a cooked-up story?

Assam Rifles rebuffs all the allegations leveled by SDPO of Yairipok, Ms. Anupam on alleged harassment, physical assault, and misbehavior by AR troops on Sunday. 

The woman IPS officer on duty was allegedly assaulted and molested by a jawan of Assam Rifles (AR) at a check post near Moreh, a border town of India in Tengnoupal district, on Sunday.

The IPS officer had lodged an FIR against the jawan, PK Panday, at Tengnoupal Police Station. 

The unilateral publication of uncorroborated and unsubstantiated allegations by Miss Anupam, SDPO, Yairipok on alleged harassment, physical assault and misbehavior by Assam Rifles troops on 19 January 2020 while returning from Moreh is baseless, fabricated, false and malicious, said a statement issued by Assam Rifles.

At around 2 PM, a white color TATA Sumo (registration number MN01G6243) while returning from Moreh bypassed the designated scanning lane and also jumped the vehicle queue at PVCP Khugengthabi resulting in commotion and inconvenience to other passengers, the statement said. 

The statement further added, “On being enquired about the identity of the passengers and reasons for bypassing the scanning and jumping the queue, the lady along with the armed male escorts all in civil dress started arguing in an ignoble and indecorous language which is unbecoming of a uniformed soldier.”

This was possible with an aim to avoid checking the unidentified and suspicious stores loaded in the vehicle, the statement added. 

The statement alleged that the lady refused to divulge her identity and rather began questioning the troops who were performing their mandated duty by asking that “don’t you know me?”. 

“The high headedness and colorable exercise of power by the officer at the sensitive post is against the ethics of any uniformed soldier. The least that could have been done by the officer is to cooperate with the security forces and provide the identity as asked which could have avoided such unwarranted incident as claimed by her,” the statement continued. 

On detailed investigation, it has come to notice that the officer on official duty allegedly entered Myanmar illegally and bought suspicious and unidentified goods from across the border, the statement claimed. 

Video footage of her entering Myanmar and subsequently loading her so-called official vehicle with suspicious goods is available with AR, it added.

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