Kochi City DCP who punished a woman police officer as she could not recognise the senior officer in civil dress has been issued a warning. The incident had triggered a controversy and the state special branch submitted a report to the Home Department. Following this, the higher officials warned the DCP to act carefully.
DCP Aishwarya Dongre arrived at Ernakulam North police station on Sunday morning. She was in civil dress and was wearing a mask too. With this, the woman civil police officer who was on guard duty could not recognise her. So, she blocked the DCP and inquired on the details. But she allowed the DCP to get in as soon as she recognised the senior officer.
However, the DCP sought an explanation from the lady officer for blocking her. As her explanation was not satisfactory, the woman CPO was given traffic duty in the crowded high court junction for two days.
The DCP took charge in Kochi only recently and it is hard to recognise her in civil dress. Normally, visitors are allowed to enter the station only after inquiring details. The woman CPO was doing her duty. But none of these matters were considered and the lady officer was given traffic duty, it is alleged.
DCP Aishwarya Dongre responded that the woman officer was not cautious enough to identify the vehicle of the senior officer.
The DCP entered police station parking her vehicle near the north police station. The lady officer in guard duty would not be able to see this from inside the building and identify the vehicle. The incident was widely discussed in the police department.
Normally, traffic duty in city limit is for 6 hours. But the woman CPO was given traffic duty for 12 hours on the first day. The Kerala Police Association informed that they will convey their protest to the higher authorities at organisational level.
Aishwarya Dongre who was ACP in Shanghumugham was appointed as DCP in charge of law and order in Kochi Commissionerate on January 1.