In the line of duty, 24 Ludhiana cops assaulted in five months
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In the line of duty, 24 Ludhiana cops assaulted in five months

Six assistant sub-inspectors, six head constables and 12 constables face backlash, cases mostly comprise traffic cops signalling vehicle drivers to stop at checkpoints

punjab Updated: Jun 04, 2018 11:48 IST
Tarsem Singh Deogan
Tarsem Singh Deogan
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
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Police officials say political interference has increased in the past few years. If the police flag vehicles for checking, sometimes it is made a prestige issue and they are abused, assaulted. (HT File)

Trying to maintain law and order in the city, the police officers have faced trouble from the people who boast of their influence with the politicians and try to get away even after roughing up cops.

According to the data with the Ludhiana police department, in the first five months of 2018, 24 police officers have been assaulted. Six more cases of officers of other bodies, including the municipal corporation, district development and panchayat department and mining department, facing public ire have been lodged this year.

In 2017, a total of 31 cases were registered.

It is the lower rung police officials from constable to assistant sub-inepctors (ASIs) that have faced the backlash. Six ASIs, six head constables and 12 constables have been the victims of assault. Out of these, three victims were special police officers (SPOs) and Punjab Home Guard jawans.

17 traffic cops manhandled

Out of 24, 17 cases of assault and misbehaviour were reported by the traffic police officials. In some cases, drug peddlers and criminals didn’t stop at checkpoints and ran the vehicles over the cops.

The police booked such accused for assaulting government officials under Sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) and 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) of the Indian Penal Code.

Police officials said that political interference has increased in the past few years. It has been observed that most of the people who manhandled police officials are politically influential. If the police stop them for checking, they make it a prestige issue and abuse them.

After the police lodge FIR against the accused, politicians pressurise police officials to take back the FIRs.

Harpal Singh, special police officer (SPO), assigned with traffic police, said he was deputed near Dugri canal bridge on April 11 to manage traffic as the signal was not working. When he stopped a Chevrolet Cruze for coming from the wrong side, the car occupant held his collar and thrashed him. The accused also teared his uniform. The accused was arrested. He was a realtor.

Sukhchain Singh Gill , commissioner of police, said attack on men in uniform will not be tolerated. “The police are taking the matter seriously and lodging FIRs against the accused,” he said.

Cases related to other departments

The Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) head and MLA from Ludhiana Atam Park constituency, Simarjit Singh Bains, was booked after the complaint of assistant passport officer for trespassing and forceful entry into the Passport Sewa Kendra of Ludhiana on April 24.

An executive engineer of municipal corporation, Karamjit Singh, was assaulted by squatters in Giaspura flats on May 17, when the MC team had gone to vacate the flats.

First Published: Jun 04, 2018 11:48 IST