Tribune News Service
Shimla, June 23
A video of Kullu's Superintendent of Police and a police officer deputed in Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur’s security engaged in a scuffle that resulted in the policemen slapping and kicking each other has gone viral on social media.
The incident took place outside Kullu's Bhuntar airport where the CM had gone to receive Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.
In the video, one can see the SP, Gaurav Singh, slapping Brijesh Sood, Additional SP, CM Security, after a heated argument. The CM's security personnel can be seen retaliating by kicking the SP right outside the CM’s vehicle. The CM was seated inside his official car all this while. The SP can be seen being kicked as he withdraws and eventually runs back to save himself. In the meantime, one can see other CM security staff intervening to defuse the situation.
Though an official confirmation is still awaited, it is learnt that the SP and CM security staff got into a heated argument over allowing those affected by the four-laning project to assemble outside the airport. Interestingly, Gadkari, on seeing these people with banners stopped his vehicle and stepped out to give them a patient hearing. All this while Chief Minister also stood next to Gadkari and listened to the grievances of people who've been affected by land acquisition for the road-widening project.
People have been demanding higher compensation for their acquired land.
Taking serious cognizance of the incident, DGP Sanjay Kundu said Kullu SP Gaurav Singh had been transferred to Range Office Mandi.
Brijesh Sood, the Additional Superintendent of Police, CM Security, and Balwant Singh, Personal Security Officer (PSO) to CM, have been sent on compulsory leave until the inquiry is over.
Duties of the Additional SP, CM Security, would be taken over by Puneet Raghu, Additional SP, Third Battalion, Pandoh, Kundu said.
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