The Punjab government has submitted in the Punjab and Haryana high court that police inspector Balbir Singh, who was injured in the Dinanagar terror attack in Gurdaspur district last July, can’t be promoted to the rank of deputy superintendent of police (DSP).
Assistant inspector general (AIG) Inderbir Singh submitted on the behalf of police that promotion from the rank of constable to inspector was governed by the Punjab Police Rules of 1934 and the promotion from inspector to DSP by the Punjab Civil Service Rules. “There is no out of turn promotion to the rank of DSP,” the AIG submitted in the affidavit. The inspector was decorated with President’s Police Medal for Gallantry.
“Nearly 250 inspectors other than the petitioner await promotion to the DSP rank and none has been given out-of-turn promotion on account of injuries in the Dinanagar encounter,” the AIG submitted. Inspector Balbir Singh had moved the high court alleging that in the August cabinet meeting after the terror attack, the government had decided to promote the cops injured in that incident but in November, director general of police (DGP) had written to him that since he had received President’s Police Medal in August already, he could not be considered for another reward in promotion.
Recruited in 1992 as assistant sub-inspector (ASI), the petitioner is now inspector in the Punjab special operations cell. He took two bullets in the terror attack in which three Pakistani militants were among seven people killed on July 27, 2015, at the Dinanagar police station in Gurdaspur district bordering Pakistan. He had challenged the government decision as “discriminatory”.