UDUPI: After an attack on the Deputy Commissioner of Udupi by Sand Mafia a week ago, a policeman’s wife has been teased allegedly by two workers of a fish meal company owned by District Minister Pramod Madhwaraj. Following the complaint made by the accused, in a surprising turn of events, the cop has been suspended. This incident has triggered widespread public anger in Udupi and the neighbouring Dakshina Kannada district, as the news spread through social media.
Police constable Prakash attached to the Malpe police station has alleged that two men who worked in a fish meal oil factory owned by Udupi District Minister Pramod Madhwaraj misbehaved with his pregnant wife near an ATM in Malpe on April 5. The cop Prakash has also alleged that Minister Pramod Madhwaraj exerted his influence in ensuring his suspension after Kumar, one of the two accused, filed a complaint with the police that he was manhandled by Prakash.
An audio clip in which constable Prakash is heard explaining Karnataka state police association leader V Shashidhar about the ordeal faced by him and his wife due to eve teasers has gone viral in the social media since Saturday.
The minister’s wife reportedly asked Prakash to ‘compromise’ and to bear the hospital bill of Kumar as he had suffered spinal cord injuries.
Speaking to reporters, SP of Udupi K T Balakrishna said that a case has been registered against the duo accused under Section 354 (Punishment for assaulting woman with an intention to outrage her modesty) of IPC. A departmental enquiry will be initiated against Prakash.