Taking a serious note of the incident in which an Akali sarpanch and his companions “barged into” Qila Lal Singh police station and “roughed up” two constables, inspector general (IG) of police, border range, Amritsar, Lok Nath Angra on Sunday suspended the station house officer (SHO) for negligence of duty.
The IG also asked Batala senior superintendent of police (SSP) Harpreet Singh to immediately arrest all the seven people, including the sarpanch, who were allegedly beat up two head constables.
Confirming this, the SSP told Hindustan Times that SHO Avtar Singh was suspended as he was found “lax” on the night of August 27, when the incident took place.
The SSP said though a case under sections 353 () and 186 () of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered against sarpanch Nishan Singh, Gurmeet Singh, Simarjeet Singh, Amandeep Singh, Sartaj Singh, Gurtaj Singh and one unidentified person, who barged into the police station and tried to take away one of their companions Gurmeet Singh.
When cops resisted, the miscreants attacked the policemen and beat up two constables — Gurwinder Singh and Manjinder Singh — tore their uniforms and flee the spot in cars.
It is learnt that on the basis of a complaint lodged by Nishan Singh’s wife, the SSP has ordered an inquiry by a deputy superintendent of police (DSP-D).
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Bajwa blamed them of playing into the hands of Akali leaders. He alleged that an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) and other constables were present on the spot, when the Akali leaders roughed up the constables.
“It is highly unfortunate that Akalis manhandled the policemen in the police station in the presence of senior police officials, yet they were roaming freely,” he added.
“If the cops don’t save their own policemen, how can they think of protecting the common man,” he questioned.