The IPS officer alleged the incident took place when she was returning with her escorts in uniform after a visit to an Indo-Myanmar border town on Sunday. (Representational photo)
A woman IPS officer on duty was allegedly assaulted and molested by an Assam Rifles (AR) rifleman at a check post near Moreh, a town on the border of India and Myanmar in Tengnoupal district, on Sunday.
An FIR was lodged against the rifleman, PK Pandey, following a formal complaint by the officer. The victim is posted as the sub-divisional police officer in a district in the state.
Manipur DGP L M Khaute said, “It is an unfortunate incident. We have informed Assam Rifles authorities. The victim has also lodged a complaint.”
The victim, in her complaint, said the incident took place when she was on her way back after an official visit to Moreh with uniformed escorts.
On reaching the Khudengthabi check post, one of the escorts approached the inspection party for registration and identification. However, despite showing their ID cards, Pandey allegedly detained the officer and one of the escorts.
Pandey further threatened to detain the police team till midnight, she further alleged.
“We offered to search ourselves and the vehicle, but he (Pandey) was not interested and started physically assaulting and molesting me. When my escorts tried to intervene, he started thrashing and beating them,” said the victim's complaint.
Pandey also allegedly abused the victim and tried to slap her, according to the complaint. The situation was reportedly brought under control after the Major at the post intervened.
The victim also lodged a separate complaint with the Manipur State Commission for Women against the rifleman and his commanding officer — who allegedly intimidated her.
Assam Rifles PRO said he cannot comment since he has no information on the matter.