Maur station house officer Kulwinder Singh has been suspended for failing to control the violence that erupted after a clash between shopkeepers and a group of youth at the Maur market on Diwali evening on Sunday.
Shopkeepers reportedly thrashed four people on Sunday for allegedly creating a ruckus by playing loud music on a tractor and an altercation with a shopkeeper, Nitish Kumar. The traders also accused the
tractor occupants of teasing the girls.
However, after being beaten-up, the youth reportedly called their supporters to the spot and attacked the shopkeepers in which Nitish Kumar was injured and later admitted to the civil hospital.
Eye-witnesses and shopkeepers alleged that the police did not intervene as violence raged on and 'outsiders' reportedly beat up traders.
In protest against police inaction, shopkeepers staged a dharna on Monday morning at Maur.
SSP Ravcharan Singh Brar paid a visit to the protesting shopkeepers and bowing to public pressure, he announced the suspension of the SHO.
No case has been registered against anybody and the police have accused the shopkeepers of misbehavior.
"Four men were thrashed by shopkeepers for playing loud music on tractor. In retaliation, the shopkeepers were also attacked. SHO Kulwinder Singh reached the spot and some shopkeepers tried to manhandle him. They also attempted to set a police van on fire. However, any untoward incident was prevented," said Kashmir Singh, ASI, Maur.
Till the filing of this report, no arrest had been made and no case had been registered.