Was told to delete video by officials, claims jawan who attempted suicide

Was told to delete video by officials, claims jawan who attempted suicide

The jawan is yet to be discharged from the Civil Hospital in Sector 6. - File photo

Amit Bathla

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 1

The Home Guards jawan, who attempted suicide after alleging mental harassment by senior officials for stopping an Indian Defence Accounts Services (IDAS) officer’s car at Majri Chowk on July 17, claimed he was asked by the officials to delete the video which he shot in his defence when the woman officer “started misbehaving” with him.

Piyush (26), Home Guards jawan

‘Punished for honesty’

I thought the matter stood settled after my transfer to the Police Lines. I didn’t know I would be punished for executing my duties with honesty.

“I didn’t want to shoot the incident, but had to……when the officer threatened me with dire consequences,” said Piyush (26).

The jawan is yet to be discharged from the Civil Hospital in Sector 6.

“I thought the matter stood settled after my transfer to the Police Lines. I didn’t know I would be punished for executing my duties with honesty,” he said, adding that he had also gone to meet DCP Mohit Handa, who instead of listening to his views, turned him away.

After Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij directed the DGP to take necessary action in the matter, the police had booked the woman officer under Sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharging his duty) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of the IPC and her driver under the Motor Vehicles Act. Meanwhile, ACP (Headquarters) Vijay Kumar Nehra said they were also investigating allegations by the woman officer that the jawan’s conduct was inappropriate.

The matter

On July 17, the jawan, on traffic duty, had stopped the car of an IDAS officer at Majri Chowk for jumping the red light. He was transferred to the Police Lines following the incident. Alleging mental harassment by senior officials of the Police Department, the jawan tried to kill himself by taking rat poison on the top floor of the Mini-Secretariat in Sector 1.

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