An Uttar Pradesh police constable Shailendra Shukla on Monday forced a dancer to perform on the dais at gunpoint and showered money on her at an event organised in Shahjahanpur district's Nigohi town.
Shukla arrived at the event in an inebriated condition armed with a pistol. He allegedly tried to enter the makeup room and threatened security guards.
When a dancer started performing on the stage, Shukla climbed up and showered money on her. "He showered around Rs. 40,000," said Ram Govind, a villager present at the event.
When she got tired and stopped dancing, he put his pistol to her head and told her to continue her performance.
The terrified dancer continued to dance for over an hour.
“Since the drunk constable threatened to shoot her, she was left with no option but to continue the dance,” said Govind adding “when Shukla left the spot the organisers decided to call off the show”.
The audience captured the act of the constable on camera.
“The police constable was deputed to manage the crowd and provide security to the artists. His act has brought disrepute to the police force and maligned the image too. The state government has ordered strict action against the erring cops,” a home department officer said.
Shahjhanpur's superintendent of police Rakesh Chandra Shahu told HT that Shukla has been suspended and a departmental inquiry has been ordered against him.
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