Several women and social activists were appalled at the conferment of the President's Police Medal for Meritorious Service to SRP Kalluri, IGP of Chhattisgarh. They alleged that Mr. Kalluri raped a tribal woman, Ledha Bai, when he was the SP of Sarguja District, ordered her gang-rape by his juniors, and then terrorized her and her lawyer when she decided to file a complaint against him.
Coming on the heels of the award of the President’s Gallantry medal to Ankit Garg, who had sexually assaulted another tribal woman in his custody Soni Sori, they lamented that it appears that sexual violence against women by the police is well tolerated, and even decorated, by the government.
While women groups are still fighting for more than a year to strip S P Ankit Garg, of gallantry award given to him on Jan 26,2012, as no one heard including NHRC, NCW, they deplored that here comes the news, S R P Kalluri , another rapist cop, whose reputation surpasses that of S P Ankit Garg has been decorated with a gallantry award.
Activists include Shabnam Hashmi, Sudha Bharadwaj, Shalini Gera, Nandini Sundar, Himanshu Kumar, Indira Chakravarti, Bela Bhatia, Kalpana Mehta, Kamayani Bali Mahabal, Vrinda Grover, Mansi Sharma, Naish Hasan, Sheba George, and Kavita Srivastava demanded that the medal be immediately withdrawn. In view of these crimes committed by Mr. Kalluri, they said they are unable to understand what constitutes meritorious service in the eyes of our government.
According to them, Ledha Bai is a tribal woman who was married to Ramesh Nagesia, a member of the CPI(Maoists). Under advice from the police, she convinced her husband to surrender himself to the police. But, the police team, lead by the then-SP of Sarguja, Mr. SRP Kalluri, went to the pre-assigned meeting place and shot the unarmed Ramesh Nagesia dead, in front of his wife Ledha. Ledha was allowed to live, but with the caveat that she would not tell anyone about this episode.
However, a few days later, Ledha, her 2 year old child and her parents were rounded up and taken to the police station. There, Ledha was stripped and raped by Mr. Kalluri, and green chillies were inserted into her vagina in front of her parents and daughter. Under orders from Mr Kalluri, SPO Dhiraj Jaiswal and others gangraped her in police custody for about 10 days.