A week after an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) was dismissed from service after he was arrested as an accused in a robbery case and had criminal background, another assistant sub-inspector, booked for sexual harassment of a woman constable on Monday, was dismissed.
ASI Kuldeep Singh was booked for allegedly sending lewd messages on WhatsApp to the woman constable. The woman had complained that he also hugged her while he was under the influence of alcohol.
ASI Kuldeep SIngh’s dismissal orders have been issued by the Commissioner of Police (CP), RN Dhoke, under Article 311 (2) (b) of the Constitution of India and Section 7 of the Police Act, 1861.
Police investigations revealed that two more cases have been registered against Kuldeep Singh in the past. He was booked in a case of wrongful restraint and criminal breach of trust under Section 341/342/409/500 of the IPC, registered at police division number 5 in Ludhiana in 2007. Another case of corruption was registered against him in 2015 in Ludhiana.
It was stated in the order that it is not at all desirable to retain the ASI in service at public expense. His retention and continuation in service may be detrimental to the interest of the state, as well as the general public.
In her complaint, the constable said the accused would praise her beauty and drop in at her hostel on the pretext of checking on her. When she refused to respond to his overtures and took offence that he hugged her, he threatened to get her dismissed from the service.
After the woman filed a complaint, an assistant commissioner of police (ACP)-level officer probed the matter.
It was on the recommendations of the probe officer that a case has now been registered against the accused assistant sub-inspector and action will be taken soon.
The ASI has been booked under Sections 354 A (sexual harassment), 354 D (stalking), 506 (criminal intimidation), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 510 (misconduct in public by a drunken person) of the IPC.
Last week, CP RN Dhoke had dismissed ASI Gurkewal Singh after he was arrested as the prime member of a gang of robbers busted by the police.