Drunk cop berserk in Chandigarh, fires shots: ‘So? It’s my birthday!’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Aug 11, 2016 23:44 IST
Head constable Balwan Singh (in civvies, white shirt) in custody at the Sector-45 police post in Chandigarh on Thursday. (Anil Dayal/HT Photo)

A head constable created terror in Sector 46 on Thursday around 8.30am after he fired three shots in the air from his 9mm service pistol. Balwan Singh (55), who has been suspended, is in jail, and also faces a departmental inquiry, was drunk, the police said, adding that dhaba owner Om Prakash informed them as he was the witness to the crime. Later, while being produced in court, Balwan reportedly told a colleague next to him, “So what, if I fired? It was my birthday.”

Two bullet shells have been recovered from outside the dhaba.

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On Wednesday night, Balwant was posted at the house of Maninder Singh Bitta, chairman, All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, the police have said. “We have arrested the constable under Sections 27-54-59 of the Arms Act and under Section 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the IPC. His pistol has been seized,” said inspector Baljit Singh, station house officer, Sector 34. DSP (south) Deepak Yadav said blood samples had been taken to confirm the level of alcohol in the blood.

Later, while in police custody, Balwan was clicked smiling by photojournalists.

Previous instances of lawless cops

May 13, 2015: Constable Jagjeet Singh (50), a security guard at the General Post Office in Sector 17, opened fire inside a postal van in which he was travelling. However, no one was injured in the incident. The police said Jagjeet was mentally upset suffered from seizures.

December 17, 2014: Amrik Singh, a headconstable posted with the PCR created ruckus at a liquor vend in Sector 40

April 18, 2013: Chandigarh police constable, Basant Kumar, posted with Indian Reserve Battalion shot dead his lover’s husband and her mother-in-law, and injured another woman in Haryana’s Sonepat district. After the crime, Basant abducted Sandeep’s wife Sarita and fled from the spot in a car. Basant was having an affair with Sarita and they had eloped once earlier.

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