Three police officials including a sub-inspector, assistant sub-inspector and constable were suspended on charges of falsification of the first information report (FIR) in a case relating to a minor girl being harassed and abused by some youth at Mallahalli in the Wadagera Police Station limits at Shahpur taluk in Yadgir district on July 11.

The suspended police officials are sub-inspector S.M. Yalagi, assistant sub-inspector Manjula and constable Chandrasekhar. The suspension orders were passed by Superintendent of Police Vamsi Krishna based on the report submitted by Deputy Superintendent of Police S.B. Kattimani, who had said that prima facie the charges against the suspended officials were proved.

The minor girl aged 13 was harassed and abused by some youth with an intension to violate her modesty in an open field in the outskirts of the village.

The parents of the girl were also beaten up by the youth when they questioned them about the incident. The police had arrested two of the four youth who had harassed the girl. The case against the erring police officials was that when the minor girl and her parents approached them, the complaint wasn’t given its due and FIR said the girl was 18 years old. The complainant was also not provided with the FIR copy immediately and was asked to come to the police station the next day. Next day, the parents met the Superintendent of Police and explained the injustice meted out to them. Mr. Krishna directed Mr. Kattimani to conduct an inquiry and submit a report immediately.

In his suspension order, Mr. Krishna had ordered a departmental inquiry against the three suspended officials and directed them not to leave the headquarters.

Mr. Krishna told The Hindu that the police officials had been directed to respond properly and positively to all complaints from people who approach the police station seeking help.