Woman cop wields RTI on seniors

Reported by Gitesh Shalke in punemirror.in on Sept. 07, 2012
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Constable says she was harassed at officers’ behest when she revealed they were giving police quarters to civilians

When a woman constable filed several applications under the Right To Information (RTI) Act against senior officers who were giving away government houses meant for constables to civilians, she was harried by immediate seniors to the point of filing a harassment complaint.

Jayashree More discovered officers had been giving away houses in Shivajinagar police colony over the last nine months to staff at their residences. More was allegedly harassed by immediate seniors at the behest of senior officers in question.

When contacted, Police Inspector Seema Mehandale of Shivajinagar PS refused to divulge details of applications filed by More, but said police have taken them seriously. “We have counselled both More and her seniors,” she said. More was inducted in the State police department four years ago.

When she completed her training, she came to the city and filed an application for quarters to stay in. When she was told no were rooms available at the Shivajinagar colony and others, More realised something was wrong.

She found a civilian staying at the quarters was the driver for a former cop. Another man identified as Vishwesh Raut had been staying illegally in a room for the last 16 years under the guise of a ‘service provider’ to the police department. More relates, “I broke into his room number 321 and began throwing away his belongings; but soon other cops came and asked me to leave.”

An enraged More decided to use RTI. “As soon as I filed the application, I was harassed by seniors at the behest of officers,” she said. While More was immediately allotted another quarter, she continued to file applications.

Around 15 days ago, senior police officers forced Raut to vacate his room and gave it to jawans of the Quick Response Team (QRT). “I think I have won,” she said. An officers at Shivajinagar police HQ said More was filing applications to harass them. “She is creating a mountain out of a molehill,” he said.