Cop who cracked Park Street rape case shifted

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 18:45

Kolkata: Kolkata police crime wing`s first
woman chief Damayanti Sen, the IPS officer who punctured Chief
Minister Mamata Banerjee`s claims and cracked the Park Street
rape case, was today transferred to a relatively low profile
posting.

Sen, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), was shifted as
DIG (Training), Barrackpore Police Training College(PTC).
The first woman Joint CP (Crime) since 2009 was among 60
IPS officers reshuffled in the first such major exercise after
the Banerjee government came to power in West Bengal in May
last year.

The IPS officer, who maintains a low profile, was
instrumental in successfully solving the case of rape of a
37-year-old Anglo-Indian woman, a mother of two, after
partying at Park Street on February five even though Chief
Minister Mamata Banerjee dismissed the incident as
`fabricated`.
The victim had claimed that among the persons who were in
the car when she was allegedly raped at gunpoint and
threatened her while she was returning from a night club, was
a man named Lavi Gidwani.

The police after investigating had found that Gidwani
was in Canada since January two, while two others were found
to be elsewhere, which had led Sen to state that there were
`inconsistencies` in the statement of the woman, who reported
the incident four days after it took place.

Sen, however, perservered with the investigations with
the police identifying the real culprits from the CCTV footage
from the night club.
Sumit Bajaj, Rehman Khan who had masqueraded as Lavi
Gidwani and Ruman Khan, were identified and arrested on
February 18.

The main accused Kadir Khan, however, absconded.

With Sen being feted in the media, the lady officer
after a meeting with the chief minister on February 20 had
issued a clarification that the success in solving the case
was a `entirely a combined effort`.

Earlier, the chief minister had claimed that the
incident was a `fabricated story` and intended to malign her
government and blamed some TV channels for projecting it.

Sen was replaced in the reshuffle by Pallab Kanti
Ghosh, who was Joint CP (Organisation).

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 18:45

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