Two police personnel, together with an assistant sub-inspector (ASI), was suspended in Madhya Pradesh’s (MP) Barwani district, situated about 313 kilometres (km) south-west of the state capital Bhopal, by the superintendent of police (SP) on Friday night after a video clip went viral on social media.
The 50-second clip confirmed a policeman is dragging a Sikh by his hair in public amid pushing and jostling, whereas his companion, belonging to the identical religion, is pleading with the legislation enforcers to not beat him, with folded fingers.
The incident, which reportedly occurred at Palsud, a city in Barwani district and situated about 35 km from the district headquarters, on Thursday, sparked a nationwide outrage among the many members of the Sikh neighborhood and its backlash echoed on social media.
The MP unit of the Congress, which is the primary opposition within the state, demanded stern motion in opposition to the 2 police personnel accountable for the incident that reportedly occurred throughout a routine examine on autos.
The Sikh, recognized as Prem Singh, is a resident of Palsud and a granthi on the native Gurdwara, regardless that the police claimed in any other case.
The district police authorities, nonetheless, denied the fees of excesses.
They claimed that Singh is going through three felony expenses and his turban fell off throughout an argument with the policemen, who had stopped him to examine his car.
Barwani district police administration put out a press launch to relax the frayed nerves and the social media outrage over the purported manhandling of a member of the minority Sikh neighborhood.
“Superintendent of Police (SP) Nimish Agrawal has suspended ASI Seetaram Bhatnagar and head constable Mohan Jamre for not initiating motion, as per the laid-down process. A probe into the incident has been assigned to the sub-divisional officer of police (SDoP), Rajpur,” the discharge said.
“Throughout a examine on autos on Thursday night, two Sikligars (members of Sikh neighborhood), who have been travelling on a motorcycle have been stopped. One among them is Prem Singh, a resident of ward no. 15 of Palsud. Police file confirmed Prem Singh is going through theft expenses below three police stations in Jabalpur district. He obtained into an altercation, when he was requested to indicate his two-wheeler’s papers. The on-duty police personnel suspected him of driving the car drunk and needed him to accompany them to a police station for a medical examination. The police personnel has been suspended and a probe has been initiated since they didn’t comply with the laid-down process whereas conducting the examine on the car,” it added.
Later, Singh alleged that the police personnel had demanded Rs 250 from him after he had didn’t furnish his two-wheeler’s papers. He additional alleged that they began thrashing him, when he pleaded his incapability to pay up Rs 250 as a result of he had earned solely Rs 200 on that day.
MP Congress president Kamal Nath has spoken in favour of Singh.
“Prem Singh, who’s a granthi, was overwhelmed by the police personnel in an inhuman method. Such atrocities are an insult to the Sikh faith and might’t be tolerated. The state authorities should take strict motion in opposition to the responsible,” he mentioned,
Union minister for meals processing, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, a Sikh herself, tweeted, “Beastly assault on Giani Prem Singh granthi and different Sikhs in MP is an outrage in opposition to humanity. Completely reprehensible & unacceptable. Sikhs all around the world are deeply shocked. I urge CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan to take fast and exemplary motion in opposition to all these responsible of this brutality.”
A number of different Sikh leaders, together with Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal, president of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Administration Committee (DSGMC) and nationwide spokesperson of SAD, Manjinder Singh Sirsa, condemned the incident and demanded fast motion in opposition to the responsible police personnel.
MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who’s below residence quarantine after his restoration from coronavirus illness (Covid-19), additionally tweeted, “In Barwani district, ASI Seetaram Bhatnagar and head constable Mohan Jamre have been suspended instantly for inhuman remedy to our Sikh brothers. Such brutality with Sikhs is not going to be tolerated in any means. The matter can be probed by the DIG (deputy inspector-general), Indore, and strict motion can be taken on this regard.”