Bebi Walikar was suspended after clips of her beating a youth was shown on TV
Superintendent of Police S.B. Bislalli’s order suspending Bebi Walikar, police sub-inspector attached to Market Yard police station, has attracted the wrath of the public. Hundreds of people staged a protest outside the Superintendent of Police’s office here on Monday demanding that the order be revoked.
Mr. Bislalli had suspended Ms. Walikar from service on Sunday after several TV channels repeatedly showed clips of her severely beating a youth with a lathi. It is learnt that the youth who was inebriated allegedly misbehaved in Parimala Bar and Restaurant in Market Yard police station limits.
Following oral information given by the bar owner, Ms. Walikar rushed to the bar with a team of police constables, took the youth into custody and beat him at the Market Yard police station.
Members of the Ambedkar Jagriti Sangha, Karnataka Nagarika Abhivridhi Samiti, Ambedkar Yuvak Mandali, Jalalnagar-Neerabhavikunta Residents’ Association, some Kannada organisations and employees of Balanku Seva Foundation staged separate protests outside the office of the Superintendent of Police. They handed over memorandums to Mr. Bislalli. Some of the members submitted the memorandums to the Deputy Commissioner of Police too.
The protesters alleged that some vested interests had used the situation to get Ms. Walikar suspended.
“After she took charge as sub-inspector at the Market Yard police station, illegal activities in the area came down. Some vested interests have hatched a plan to get her transferred,” the protesters alleged.
According to Shashikant of Balanku Seva Foundation that runs Balanku Hospital, “Our hospital premises became peaceful thanks to Ms. Walikar. She used to be on patrol duty at night and curbed the activities of anti-social elements in the area.” Taking the law into her own hands and beating the youth may be wrong. However, he said that they wanted her back keeping in mind her contribution to maintaining law and order, he added.
After receiving the memorandums, Mr. Bislalli said that after consulting senior officers in the department, he would take steps to revoke the suspension order and reinstate the officer.