Exponent bureau, 26 june,2022:The most controversial and maverick cop of jammu and kashmir police has resigned from indian police services today.Basanth Rath who was on suspension and facing a departmental inquiry shared his brief resignation letter on his twitter handle and facebook page which created a social media furore since sunday morning.
Basant Rath joined IPS in the year 2002 and has remained in head lines for his idiosyncratic and unusual style of policing both in police department and public as well.Basant came to lime light in the year 2009 after high profile murder case of amandeep in which business tycoon from Jammu Nagar Singh ,his son and other siblings were arrested.The murder created a fury after multiple cops including the then SSP jammu,SHO Gandhinnagar ,IO and forensic employees were arrested in few days on the charges of destruction of evidence.The case was handed over to SIT headed by Basant Rath thereafter.
Soon after SIT took the command,viral videos of custodial tortue of business Tycoon Nagar Singh got leaked on social media where Rath is seen torturing nagar in his office chamber which are still found on Youtube.The videos created a mixed uproar among the people.Thereafter no body listened the name of Basant till he was posted IGP traffic in BJP-PDP coalition.
Like before,there was Tsunami of videos and pictures on social media where Basant was seen manning the traffic himself on roads,seizing vehicles on the spot and even slapping youth on streets who were found in voilation of rules.But the other side of his services in the traffic department won the heart and soul of people with zero tolerance on corruption.Basant made whirlwind tour of every district interacting with youth and people like a commoner in his fashion signature of black track suit and bandaged hands.He won accolodes from the society not before he was transferred from traffic to an insignificant posting of Home guards.
soon the social media sensation went to oblivion except for his book distribution,online essay competiotion and satiric tweets and posts on social media.After a lull of few months ,Basant was seen targetting senior police officer calling names and denegrating them on social media.He allegedly targeted the highest cop in hierarchy to allegedly expose him and business deals.soon after Basant was suspended and a departmental inquiry was initiated against him.
His early morning tweet mentioned that he wants to resign from police and go for electoral politics.Divulging further,he wrote that he shall contest on BJP ticket from kashmir but not before 6th march 2024.since then the resignation went viral with mixed reaction from the netizens.Few praised him and few called it an exit even before he could be dismissed from services for his conduct.