Demands suspension of cops who thrashed him
Bangalore : In a major embarrassment for the Bangalore police, a senior IPS officer of the rank of additional director general of police (ADGP) was caught clicking photographs of two young girls at a coffee shop.
P Ravindranath, who was not in uniform, was thrashed by a local crowd after the girls raised an alarm and he was thrown behind bars where two constables gave him a thrashing. But he managed to pull strings and get away only to attend a high-level meeting of police officers where he demanded the suspension of the cops who thrashed him.
The ADGP claimed he was ‘assaulted’ by the police who did not ‘verify’ the details of the episode. At around 12 noon, Ravindranath walked into a coffee shop on the busy Cunningham Road very near Vidhan Soudha, the seat of power. When he saw two girls seated at an adjacent table, he allegedly took out his phone and began clicking photographs and taking videos of them. The girls soon raised a hue and cry.
A heated followed and one of the girls allegedly slapped the ADGP. On hearing a commotion, passers-by intervened and thrashed Ravindranath and called the police. Immediately a police team arrived and Ravindranath was taken to the nearby High Grounds police station.
There, a sub-inspector who was on duty took Ravindranath to task. But the ADGP showed his ID card which the police believed was a fake on. They asked him to remove his shirt and threw him behind bars.
However, Ravindranath managed to make a call to B R Ravikanthe Gowda, deputy commissioner of police, who rushed to the police station and rescued the ADGP. Ravindranath then proceeded to attend a high-level meeting at the DG&IGP”s office where he demanded the suspension of the sub-inspector and other policemen for not hearing his version of the story. He claimed that he had not taken any pictures or videos of the girls.
The ADGP alleged that the policemen ripped his shirt off and he was beaten up. Meanwhile, the management of the coffee shop sent a mail to their superiors describing the incident in detail. The two girls later filed a complaint against Ravindranath. They too did not know the man was an ADGP. The ADGP was not available for comments as he switched off his phone.