Days after Chandigarh Police Constable Surinder Singh was caught on camera driving a motorcycle near sectors 24 and 36, he was suspended from service. In a shocking act of retaliation, the cop had even slapped the man who had captured the clip on his mobile.
On Saturday, the man Sumit Kumar Tiwari (29) had uploaded the video on the social media site, an Indian Express report said. The video had triggered anger among netizens and was shared by a number of people, including Congress leader Manish Tewari, leading to the suspension of the constable and his driving license has also been suspended for six months. As per the report, a departmental inquiry has also been ordered.
“I was coming from Sector 9 when I saw the policeman riding a motorcycle and also using his cell phone. He had fixed his cell phone in his helmet. Even two traffic policemen, standing at the light point of Sector 25, overlooked this. I filmed him on my cell phone and when I went to tell him that it is wrong, the policeman slapped me. I ran away fearing that he would implicate me in a false case,” Sumit was quoted as saying by Indian Express.
“When I narrated my experience to my friends, they advised me to upload the clip on social networking sites, including that of Chandigarh traffic police. I did and soon, a traffic police team came and recorded my statement. Minutes later, I learned that the policeman was suspended and challaned for his offense,” he added as per the paper.
Manish Tewari had tagged Chandigarh Police DGP Tajender Singh Luthra on his Twitter account along with the video clip demanding tough action against the cop. A traffic police team traced Surender’s location and took away his driving license, the report said further.