No criminal action against three cops in abuse case: Police
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 08, 2009, 15:16
  
Panaji: Three Goa policemen, facing a departmental inquiry for allegedly sexually abusing a girl inside a police van and making a video clip of it, may be let off with a minor punishment in the absence of a formal complaint against them, a senior officer said here.

"Police cannot initiate criminal action against the trio as there is no complaint against them. We are trying to trace the girl in the video clip. It may be consensual sex too. We can ascertain it only after taking her statement," SP and Goa police spokesman Atmaram Deshpande said yesterday.

Three policemen including head constable Sandip Naik had allegedly accosted the victim, said to be a commercial sex worker standing by the roadside near Calangute beach, almost ten months ago and had threatened her with arrest if she failed to fulfil their demands, he said.

While Naik allegedly sexually abused her inside the patrolling van, the other two prepared the clip and circulated it among their colleagues, the officer said.

A departmental inquiry is on against them and disciplinary action has been initiated against Naik, who has been suspended, Deshpande said.

However, the officer made it clear that if a complaint is lodged, the policemen will be charged with molestation. He said police could not take suo motu cognisance on the basis of the video clip.

Earlier, Calangute police had conducted an inquiry into the incident and submitted the report to SP (North) Bosco George following which the head constable was suspended.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, December 08, 2009, 15:16


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