SHO suspended for kicking cart of vegetable vendor in Phagwara

A video of the incident had gone viral

Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, May 5

After a video of a policeman went viral in which he was seen kicking the roadside cart of a vegetable vendor, the SSP Kapurthala on Wednesday placed the erring SHO under suspension and initiated departmental enquiry against him.

SSP, Kapurthala, Kanwardeep Kaur placed SHO, City Phagwara, Navdeep Singh under suspension.

For the past few days, the police had been asking the vendors who used to park their carts at Sarai Road in Phagwara for sale, not to remain stranded at one place and instead move about in colonies for door-to-door supply.

The nearly 100 vendors in the area had been resulting in crowding which could not be allowed in view of COVID-19 pandemic.

The SHO, instead of getting challans issued or taking some action, kicked the cart of a vendor, a video of which was recorded.

The SSP in the order said, “As a member of a disciplined force, such behaviour is against service rules and is unwarranted. Under the supervision of DGP Punjab, Punjab Police has been working on the forefront of the war against COVID-19 for over a year now and has served the people of Punjab with dedication. During this, we have also lost many officers to COVID-19. Behaviour of officers as above brings bad name to the entire force. Taking strict action against the officer he has been immediately placed under suspension. A departmental enquiry has been initiated against him.”

The officers of Kapurthala police have contributed from their salaries for providing compensation to the vegetable vendor, the order said.

“We are committed to serving the people of District Kapurthala with sincerity and honesty and any such act by any officer shall be strictly dealt with,” it added.

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