A Punjab and Haryana high court bench on Tuesday issued notice to the Punjab government on a petition by police inspector Balbir Singh, who was injured during July’s Dinanagar terror attack in Gurdaspur district and has challenged a government communication denying him promotion.
In the notice, the bench of justice GS Sandhawalia has ordered the government to respond by April 5. The inspector has submitted that in the August cabinet meeting after the terror attack, the government had decided to promote the police personnel injured in that incident; but in November, he got a letter from the director general of police (DGP) that as he had been awarded President’s Police Medal in August, he was not required to be considered for promotion.
Recruited in 1992 as assistant sub-inspector (ASI), the petition is now an inspector in the Punjab special operations cell. If promoted, would have become deputy superintendent of police (DSP). He took two bullets in the terror attack, in which three Pakistani militants were killed among seven people on July 27 at a Dinanagar police station in Gurdaspur district bordering Pakistan.
The petitioner has argued that the government decision is discriminatory, since other winners of President’s Police Medal have been promoted. He cited the case of head constable Tara Singh, who has been promoted to the rank of an ASI.