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Senior Odia IPS Basant Rath Alleges ‘Threat’ From Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh

Jammu: Senior IPS officer Basant Kumar Rath who is posted as IGP (traffic) in Jammu and Kashmir has reportedly filed a written complaint against the Director General of Police of the union territory, Dilbag Singh, apprehending threat to his safety and reputation.

Rath, a 2000 batch IPS officer, who hails from Puri of Odisha, lodged a complaint at station house officer of Jammu’s Gandhi Nagar Police Station, stating that while he was not asking authorities to file an FIR, they should make a note of his complaint in case something untoward happens to him.

Rath in the subject matter of his complaint wrote, “Requesting you to take note of my apprehension about my life, liberty and bald head the reason being certain activities of Dilbag Singh, IPS batch 1987 batch, presently DGP.”

“I’m writing you to take note of my genuine apprehensions about my safety and reputation. I’m doing it as a private citizen of this country. In my personal capacity, not as a civil servant, not as a policeman,” the complaint reads.

“I’m not asking you to lodge an FIR against the person mentioned above. I’m just asking you to make this letter a part of the daily diary in your police station. In case something bad happens to me, you should know whose number you should dial..,” Rath further stated.

The spat between the top cops came to fore earlier this month when Rath took to Twitter and posted a message tagging an unverified twitter handle ‘Dilbag Singh’. “Hi,  Dilbag Singh. Can I call you Dilloo? Are you the one who owns 50 canals (six acres) of land in Sarore near the dental college?,” Rath had tweeted.

Even though Dilbag Singh did not make any comment on the incident, he reportedly dismissed all the allegations made by Rath in a WhatsApp group.

Adding to this controversy, Rath shared the alleged conversation of that WhatsApp group in his official twitter handle.

The IPS officer often remains in news for his philanthropic activities and is noted as a ‘dabang’ cop for his actions against the rule breakers in J&K.

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