Patna: In an unprecedented move, Bihar government on Sunday sacked a total of 175 police constables, including women for indulging in large-scale vandalism and violence in Patna, following the death of a female colleague. A police official said that the dismissed constables included 167 trainees, while the remaining were in service for some time.

“Nearly half of the dismissed trainee constables are women. The suspended personnel include a head constable and two others who had the responsibility of assigning duties to trainees,” Inspector General of Police (IGP), Patna Zone, Naiyar Hasnain Khan said.

It must be noted more than 300 police constables had gone on a rampage here on November 2, damaging properties and attacking police officers, after a woman colleague who had reportedly been refused leave died. However, the hospital later clarified that the dengue test had not been conducted on her, but she was suffering from some form of viral infection.

Blaming the seniors for putting Pathak on duty despite ill health, trainee constables went on a rampage, vandalising furniture in the Police Line and overturning vehicles of officials on the streets. It took hours to bring the situation under control with top officials supervising the operations in full riot gear.

Khan said, “During investigation, we found that Pathak was indeed ill and she had been on medical leave in October for three days. In such a situation, she should not have been asked to report to duty.” The IGP added that he had also recommended action against the medical officer of the Police Hospital for his failure to take proper stock of the deceased constable’s health and give appropriate advice and treatment, which might have saved her life. “I also found that more than 90 personnel were posted at the Police Line for more than four years. This is unacceptable and they will be transferred out of the Patna zone,” he said.

Meanwhile, four FIRs were also lodged in connection with the incident.