Bihar’s DGP Gupteshwar Pandey apologized to constable who was punished by a local officer

In a shocking development, Home guard jawan, Ganesh Lal was insulted and humiliated by an agriculture officer in Araria district. the Director General of Police (DGP) in Bihar, Gupteshwar Pandey, has apologised to the home guard. A sub-Inspector Govind singh has been suspended after a video of home guard doing sit up went viral.

In what could be termed as a shocking incident in Araria district, the junior policeman was made to do sit-ups, allegedly because an agriculture officer, Manoj Kumar, was stopped from violating the lockdown.

The incident reportedly occurred in Araria district Bihar. The reason behind this surprising incident was that the home guard asked Manoj Kumar to show his vehicle pass for moving during the shutdown to contain COVID-19, but Kumar refused to show his identity, rather he tried to dodge the junior cop.

The DGP personally made a phone call to the Home Guard jawan, Ganesh Lal, and told him, “Jo hua uska mujhe dukh hai. Hum aapse maafi mangte hain. Aisa nahi hona chahiye tha (I am deeply pained over the incident. I apologise to you. This should not have happened).”

A video clip went viral on social media in no time in which the DGP had a conversation with the home guard jawan and he told Ganesh that the sub-inspector Govind Singh had been suspended for his unacceptable behaviour.

“Don’t lose your confidence. Continue with your good work with the same zeal. The government will soon initiate action against all those (including the agriculture officer) who humiliated you for no fault of yours,” the DGP told Ganesh.

Meanwhile, Bihar Home Secretary Amir Subhani demanded prompt action against the agriculture officer Manoj Kumar as he was found guilty in the report submitted by Araria DM in the cop sit-ups case. However, the agriculture department has now ordered the departmental inquiry against this officer.

The Bihar Human Rights Commission (BHRC) too has asked the Nitish regime to take “immediate action” against the guilty officers involved in the incident. “The incident involves a gross violation of not only human rights of the victim but also breaking down of the laws and rules by the officers who are supposed to be the custodian of law and who stoop so low as to violate them,” said the BHRC order.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.