Chhattisgarh IAS officer Ranbir Sharma issues public apology after video of thrashing teenager goes viral


Chhattisgarh IAS officer Ranbir Sharma has issued a public apology after he was caught on camera assaulting a minor for allegedly violating the lockdown rules in the state’s Surajpur district.

In the video, Sharma could be seen slapping a boy for allegedly violating the lockdown rules. He was also seen ordering the security forces personnel to physically assault the boy. At least two security forces personnel were seen beating the boy up with canes. Sharma had also thrown the boy’s mobile phone on the ground in disgust.

The IAS officer’s action earned him widespread condemnation with netizens demanding strict action against him.

Faced with public condemnation, Sharma issued a video profusely apologising for his action. He said that both his parents had tested positive for coronavirus and he was simply too worried about enforcing the coronavirus lockdown to stop the spread of the pandemic in the district.

Earlier, an IAS officer from Tripura was condemned for using force to stop a wedding party in the north-eastern city.

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