More than 175 constables were sacked from service by the Bihar government two days after clashes erupted at the Patna Police Lines over the death of an ailing policewoman.
The government also suspended 23 police officers, including several assistant sub-inspectors, in connection with the incident. The dismissed personnel were charged with indiscipline, indulging in violent acts, attacking senior police officers and damaging government property.
The violence was triggered by the death of Savita Pathak, a woman constable posted at the Police Lines.
Savita's colleagues claim that she had not been keeping well for the last few days and had applied for leave. However, the colleagues claim, she was denied leave for her treatment and this worsened her condition.
Savita was rushed to a private hospital on Friday following a dip in her health. However, she died during treatment.
Following this, police personnel at the Police Lines got violent and went on a rampage. They attacked their seniors, broke window panes of several police jeeps and buses, and also overturned vehicles of their seniors.
Civilians and mediapersons waiting outside were also assaulted in the chaos. It was only after the Bihar Military Police, an armed division of the state police, arrived at the scene that the situation was brought under control.
The Bihar government ordered an inquiry by Central Zone Inspector General Nayyar Hasnain Khan, who submitted a report within 48 hours. He has reportedly recommended the transfer of over 90 policemen posted in Patna for over 10 years, among other disciplinary measures.