Manipur’s woman police officer quits, climing harassment

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Imphal, March 15 (IANS) Deputy Superintendent of Police Thounaojam Brinda has tendered her resignation, causing much embarrassment to the ruling Congress party in Manipur.

“I had submitted my resignation to L.M. Khoute, the Director General of Police on January 26, 2016, citing personal reasons. Instead of accepting it, the government constituted an inquiry committee to look into it. The committee has summoned me three times. I have refused to attend it since I think it is not neutral,” Brinda said.

Talking to reporters on Monday evening, Brinda said that apart from harassment, she was always looked at with suspicion in the department since “I am the daughter-in-law of R.K. Meghen, the then chairman of the United National Liberation Front (UNLF) insurgent group.”

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Brinda had appeared in the Manipur Public Service Commission examination in 2012. Although her name was cleared and recommended, no appointment letter was issued.

She had to approach the Supreme Court to seek justice.

Later, she was informed that the government suspected that classified and other sensitive information may be leaked through her.

In 2013, the state high court ordered the Manipur government to give her the appointment letter. She was serving in the 9 IRB Mahila Battalion when she tendered resignation.

Brinda said, “There is no question of withdrawing my resignation letter.”

She regretted that her resignation seems to be tendentiously linked to the confession of Thounaojam Herojit, the police head constable who reportedly shot dead an unarmed former insurgent on the orders of a superior officer on July 23, 2009.

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“I am fed up with the irregularities and the present system,” Brinda added.

Meanwhile, the government has not explained why it constituted an inquiry committee although it is first of its kind that a ranking police officer has tendered resignation.

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