IPS Damayanti Sen – First woman of DCDD in Kolkata
IPS Damayanti Sen of Deputy Commissioner Detective Department (DCDD) in Kolkata
IPS Damayanti Sen became the first woman officer to get the title of Deputy Commissioner Detective Department (DCDD) in Kolkata replacing the Jawed Shamim, Damayanti is the IPS officer of 1996 batch. She is the first woman to hold the seat of DCDD in the history of Kolkata police.
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She was earlier posted as assistant SP (Town) of South of 24 Parganas.She became the additional SP of the district before moving to the city police as deputy Commissioner (special) of the detective department. After that, she served as DC of the north and central zone.
She is a graduate in Economics from Jadavpur University. Her appointment and her style of working have pleased many senior officers, who themselves say the post is extremely challenging. The senior police officer of Damayanti said that being the chief of the detective department of Kolkata Police is a challenge for any officer worth his or her spunk. The another officer said that this work is more challenging for the person who is succeeding MR. Jawed Shamim who was one of the most successful detectives of the department.
Gautam Mohan Chakrabarti is also included in the list of most successful detective chiefs. Gautam is presently Commissioner of Police. Sen who was DC Central has been replaced by DC (ESD) Tripurari.
When Damayanti solved the Park Street gang rape case then the ruling Government of that time has recommended her name for President’s award. Sen is among the 58 police officers and the only woman IPS selected for the honour.
Sen earned the CM’s anger for her outspoken statements in front of media regarding the Park Street gang rape.
She is currently the DIG., CID and son will receive the medal from President Pranab Mukherjee on the Independence Day.
The state of West Bengal had invited a blast from Delhi last year as none of the officers from the State was recommended for the honour. On taking precaution for not repeating their mistake again, the department had this time prepared the list before time and posted to Delhi before hand.
While solving the Park Street case Sen was transferred to a post which was not worthy of the notice, this was done because the clean investigation of her in the gang rape case was outraging the masses. She was transferred to Barrackpore as DIG of training. Her this posting is considered to be the low profile transfer in police circles while she was investigating the important case.
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The gang rape case was in such a controversy, that there were lots of fabrication & conspiracy going around in order to save the accused. But officer Sen stood by the survivor moved ahead with the investigation and caught the four accused of doing such a heinous crime.
The rape Victim in her interview with press said that Ms Sen is a champ. She fought for her like a tigress. But this brave officer was called by the state secretariat and asked to explain her deed. The comprehended dissettlement between the officer and the chief minister was more than obvious, triggering a controversy about CM’s alleged insensitivity.
State in order to overlap their conspiracy and to prove that the transfer was for a bonafide intention, they included the name of Ms.Sen for receiving the Police Medal for Meritorious Services and the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Services in the first category.
After the transfer to Barrackpore, she was transferred to Darjeeling and then was again posted back as the Kolkata DIG, CID. At the beginning of this year Calcutta, the high court made an order that Sen should lead the Madhyamgram rape case and the Parui murder case. But Ms.Sen selected to keep herself away for all this controversies.