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Punjab CM: No action against cop who booked Cong candidate, will help him fight mental disorder

Bajwa, diagnosed with alcohol dependence and bipolar disorder, is currently in judicial custody and undergoing treatment at a government deaddiction centre in Jalandhar.

punjab Updated: May 27, 2018 09:58 IST
Ravinder Vasudeva
Ravinder Vasudeva
Hindustan Times, Shahkot (Jalandhar)
Punjab CM,Parminder Bajwa,mental disorder
Parminder Bajwa, the former station house officer (SHO) of Mehatpur area. (HT File )

Chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday said his government will not take disciplinary action against inspector Parminder Bajwa, the former station house officer (SHO) of Mehatpur area here, who registered a case of illegal mining against Congress’ Shahkot bypoll candidate Hardev Singh Ladi Sherowalia and later made disparaging remarks against the CM.

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“It has emerged before everyone that the inspector is not mentally fit and is suffering from bipolar disorder for the past many months,” the CM told HT inside his campaign bus for his road show here.

“I have further found out about Bajwa,” he added, “He was 10 years old when his father, who too was a Punjab Police officer, sacrificed his life for the nation as he was killed by militants. We will not levy any charge on the inspector.”

Bajwa, diagnosed with alcohol dependence and bipolar disorder, is currently in judicial custody and undergoing treatment at a government deaddiction centre in Jalandhar. He was admitted there after his arrest from the district courts, where he had gone carrying his revolver to apply for security on account of “threat” from the administration.

Initially after the FIR embarrassed the government, the CM had said the SHO was “biased” against Ladi and had an “objectionable” personal life. Bajwa had retaliated with questions over the CM’s personal life.

He was removed as the SHO by the Election Commission three days after he registered the case.

During the campaign, the issue dominated the scene with opposition Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) even saying that “when we come to power in the state, Bajwa will be promoted and posted as DSP (deputy superintendent of police) in Shahkot”.

On Saturday, the CM, however, said, “A man who is not well should be treated with sympathy. I will direct the state police chief, Suresh Arora, not to take any disciplinary action against Bajwa, and to rather help him in his recovery from mental illness. We will keep him in service.”

Rana’s new look!

During the road show, Amarinder appreciated the “jathedar” look of former minister Rana Gurjit Singh, who has stopped trimming his beard. “In his new look, he is looking very distinguished,” said the CM. A moneyed businessman, Rana is considered a local satrap and is the force behind the Congress candidate. His new look also led to speculation that he wants to contest next year for the Khadoor Sahib Lok Sabha segment, which has a significant number of religious-minded Sikhs who might appreciate his dedication to the tenet of not trimming hair.

Sand ‘sale’ by SAD

Meanwhile, in a dig at Congress candidate Ladi, accused of illegal sand mining, Adampur MLA and SAD leader Pawan Kumar Tinu installed in the town a symbolic vend to sell sand of different varieties — ‘Ladi Sherowalia’ brand sand was priced at Rs 50 a kg, and ‘Rana Gurjit’ brand at Rs 35 a kg. There was also ‘Rana Gurjit’s Nepali cook’ brand at Rs 25, reminding people of a reported scam in allocation of sand mines wherein “former” employees of then-minister Rana bagged contracts.

First Published: May 27, 2018 09:58 IST