The superintendent of police (SP) of Munger, Bihar Lipi Singh has been making headlines for her role in the shooting that occurred at a Durga puja immersion. Singh is getting a lot of flak on social media for opening lathi charge and fire upon Hindu devotees that resulted in the death of an 18-year-old boy and left several people got injured.
However, according to Munger police the fire was opened by someone from the crowd and not by them. The incident took place on Monday, before the first polling phase in Munger.
Many opposition leaders are calling for strict action against SP Singh. Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav has gone as far as to compare Singh with General Dyer – a British officer who was responsible for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Multiple conflicting videos – featuring the police officials using undue force upon the devotees and the locals blaming officials – are doing the rounds on social media. However, investigations regarding the incident are still underway.
During Durga puja immersion, some anti-social elements restored to stone pelting which injured 20 policemen after this someone from the crowd fired leading to one death. Situation under control: Lipi Singh, SP Munger pic.twitter.com/gWjBxofjdw
— ANI (@ANI) October 27, 2020
Know more about SP Lipi Singh here:
• A 2016-batch IPS officer, Lipi Singh is the daughter of retired IAS officer (Uttar Pradesh cadre) Ramchandra Prasad (RCP) Singh. Currently, he is a Janata Dal (United) leader.
• Her husband Suharsha Bhagat is also an IAS officer and is currently serving as the District Magistrate of Banka.
• As per SP Lipi Singh, she became the first female police officer in Bihar’s Barh district after she was appointed as its deputy superintendent of police (SDPO).
• However, her appointment also created a controversy when she was removed from the post prior to 2019 Lok Sabha elections and made the ASP in Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on the Election Commission’s directives.
• One of Singh’s most notable achievements is said to be her contribution to the recovery of an automatic rifle and grenades from MLA Anant Singh’s house in 2019.
• Her approach to crimes and police investigations had previously earned her the moniker ‘Lady Singham’. She is now being called ‘General Dyer’ following the shooting at Munger.
• In an interview last year, Singh revealed that she considers Bihar to be a male-dominated state. She said, “Nobody expects us to conduct raids at night. When we do so, people wonder.”