Director general of police (DGP), Home Guards, GD Pandey on Tuesday ordered a departmental investigation into the brawl between two Home Guards commandants near the mini secretariat here on the night of September 24.
“Following the HT reports, I have ordered an inquiry under the supervision of a DIG-rank officer, DS Mehmi, posted at the Home Guards headquarters in Chandigarh. He would submit me a detailed report of the incident within this week,” the DGP told HT.
Even as the local police are tight-lipped over the issue, an HT investigation identified the officers as Kewal Krishan and Jasbir Singh, both posted as the commandant in the Home Guards department in Jalandhar and Kapurthala districts, respectively.
The brawl had occurred around 10:15pm in a high-security area near the mini-secretariat. Both officers had been sitting in a private car, having drinks beside an egg vendor’s rehri, while two security men of Krishan, who had come in a Gypsy with a registration number of Patiala, were standing guard.
As per eyewitnesses, after having a few drinks, the officers started exchanging blows within the car and then came out quarrelling. The fight had taken place apparently over a monetary issue.
When an HT correspondent had reached the spot and tried to click pictures, the security men had threatened him and also tried to snatch his mobile phone. Both officers had sped away from the spot.
It was on Saturday (September 27) that an HT team found the private car (Honda Amaze) parked near Khalsa College. The car (PB-08 CT 0520) is registered in the name of Baljinder Kaur, daughter of Jasbir Singh. Sources close to Jasbir confirmed that the officer had a spat with Krishan.
On Tuesday, Jasbir admitted that he was present on the spot that night but had not indulged in any brawl with Krishan. The latter told HT that they were only hugging each other.
“If such things have happened, it is a big embarrassment for all of us and action would be initiated against both officers if they are found guilty. The inquiry officer has been ordered to visit the spot and meet local residents running shops or stalls in the area,” the DGP said.
In a letter, the DGP has directed the DIG to start an investigation into the case immediately and also record the statements of both officers.