The Vidyaranapura Police Inspector, who was recently conferred with Chief Minister’s Medal for meritorious service, has been “suspended” for allegedly torturing a 56-year-old domestic help and her family in police custody.

Narayanamma, her husband and son were illegally detained by Vidyaranyapura police after her daughter was accused of stealing saris from a doctor's house, where she was working.

The police had earlier picked up Lakshmi Devi, a 28-year-old woman with disabilities and mother of two on June 12 for questioning. Since then she has been missing.

During inquiry, B.P. Prasad, was found deploying his subordinates for his personal work. Prasad reportedly had asked one of the head constables to supervise the construction of his house. The head constable, Rajanna, did not turned up for work for the past three months as he was busy supervising the construction of Prasad’ s house in Kengeri, the inquiry conducted by an Assistant Commissioner of Police revealed.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (North), Sandeep Patil said that Prasad had been asked not to attend the station duty till further orders.

“Rajanna could have informed the higher-ups if he was forced to work at the construction site. Not informing seniors amounts to collusion and abetment hence, he would also be punished for misconduct,” sources said.

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