The Punjab government has sacked three cops for their ‘cowardly’ act after they remained mute spectators even as their senior officer was thrashed by a mob during a raid on the house of a drug peddler. Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh took to Facebook to vent his anger against the cops.
Singh wrote, “A disgraceful incident happened yesterday…. A NARCOTICS raiding team went to a village to conduct a raid on a suspect. The inspector who launched this raid was beaten up by the house incumbents. Five policemen with him, an ASI and four jawans, looked on while their leader was being severely beaten.”
Singh added, “This act of cowardly behaviour is unacceptable in a uniformed force. The five have been dismissed from the police force effective today, and those who assaulted the officer have been arrested on the charge of attempt to murder.”
According to reports, the five cops did not intervene even as their team leader, sub-inspector Baldev Singh, was thrashed. The photo of Baldev Singh being mercilessly thrashed went viral on social media.
The decision to dismiss five policemen was taken after the completion of an inquiry ordered by Punjab Police chief Dinkar Gupta.
The incident had taken place on Friday when the special team of Punjab Police raided the house of the drug peddler. Baldev Singh was later rescued by a team of special forces.