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Kerala IPS officer’s daughter booked for ‘manhandling’ police driver

SNS | New Delhi |

The daughter of a senior IPS officer of Kerala cadre has been accused of manhandling her official driver following a quarrel, after which she was booked under non-bailable charges.

Gavaskar, attached to the Special Armed Police (SAP) camp in Thiruvananthapuram, has been serving as driver for Sudesh Kumar, head of the Armed Police Battalion. He is currently undergoing treatment at the district hospital for the injury he suffered in the alleged attack on Thursday.

According to a complaint filed by Gavaskar, the daughter of IPS officer allegedly verbally abused him and hit hard on his neck and shoulder with her mobile phone. The incident reportedly happened when the woman and her mother had gone for a morning walk.

The woman was irked over the delay in bringing the vehicle at her disposal. She abused the driver and later thrashed him when he requested her to stop the verbal abuse, Gavaskar said in the complaint. The driver soon sought treatment at a district hospital and lodged a complaint with the police.

The daughter of the officer has also filed a counter complaint following which a case was also registered against Gavaskar, police said.

The incident kicked up a row as more police personnel, deployed as camp followers for the personal service of senior officers, have complained against ill-treatment they were facing from the higher-ups and their family members, reported PTI.

According to the police, a case was registered late last night against the ADGP’s daughter under various sections of the IPC, including 294-B (verbal abuse), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from performing duty) and 324 (causing hurt using weapon).

A case was also registered against Gavaskar based on a counter petition by the woman under IPC Section 354 (outraging the modesty of woman) and 294-B.

(With agency inputs)