PUDUCHERRY: Eight police personnel involved in a child prostitution case were dismissed from service on Wednesday.
Speaking to Express, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Praveer Ranjan said the dismissal of the policemen was following departmental enquiry in the issue. This is in continuation of the suspension orders issued as per the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules to the eight cops who were identified by the victims in an identification parade, he said.
The police personnel, now named as accused, are absconding since their identification by the minor girls during the parade held as per directions of Madras High Court. They did not appear for the proceedings initiated by the Puducherry Police Department. The delinquent was absent in the proceedings and could not be apprehended, so the dismissal orders were issued. The IGP said even the charge sheet could not be served on the eight personnel as they were absconding. He further informed that criminal proceedings would continue against the dismissed cops.
It may be recalled that the prostitution case came to light after two victims approached the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and after inquiries the CWC filed a complaint in May last year. The case was investigated by the CB-CID, which nabbed five people, Pushpa, Rahman Khan, Gayatri, Manickam, Arogya Mary after busting the racket.