Saumya Sambasivan, Shimla's first female IPS officer, is training women from Sirmaur district in self-protection and how to manufacture pepper spray. The pepper spray is effective for half an hour, during which time it is impossible for one to open their eyes.
Himachal Pradesh's capital city was recently in the news for the rape and murder of a minor girl, who was abducted in Kotkhai district on July 4. The body of the victim was later recovered from Halaila forest.
Seeking justice for Gudiya, there were protests across the state. The police received backlash for not being proactive and many police officers were transferred post the protest.
There were six people arrested for their alleged involvement in the rape and murder of Gudiya. After the murder of an accused in the Gudiya murder case, DW Negi was transferred and Saumya was brought in.
Saumya is the first female superintendent of police (SP) to have been appointed in Shimla. Prior to this, she was posted in Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh for two years, where she was a favourite among the people for her disciplined and strict nature. She is often in the spotlight for her speedy actions against criminals, making her a huge asset to the police department.
An IPS officer of the 2010 batch, she started a serious investigation against the drugs mafia, successfully putting many of them behind bars. She has also solved six murder cases in her tenure in Sirmaur district. Her name has also been nominated for the President's police medal. She is well-known for her other good deeds like training women in self-defence and how to manufacture pepper spray.
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