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Pathankot strike: Punjab sacks errant cop SP Salwinder Singh

Sources said the order did not make it clear if the state’s Home department would give the officer a notice of three months or salary of three months in case he was to be relieved with immediate effect, which is mandatory as per the rules.

Written by Kanchan Vasdev | Chandigarh | Updated: August 17, 2017 7:36 am
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PUNJAB CHIEF Minister Amarinder Singh has issued an order for the “premature retirement” of Punjab Police SP Salwinder Singh, citing his “controversial conduct”, “indiscipline” and for “bringing (a) bad name to Punjab police.”

Salwinder, 54, made national news last year when he claimed that terrorists from the Jaish-e-Mohammed had captured his SUV to carry out the attack on the Pathankot airbase on January 2, 2016. Consequently, the officer was questioned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and put through a lie-detection test also before being given a clean chit.

Last Saturday, the Chief Minister signed on the order, which read: “Retire him prematurely”.

Sources said the order did not make it clear if the state’s Home department would give the officer a notice of three months or salary of three months in case he was to be relieved with immediate effect, which is mandatory as per the rules.

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Salwinder was declared a proclaimed offender in a sexual abuse case before he surrendered in April. He has been named an accused in two criminal cases of sexual abuse and sexual harassment, respectively. Placed under suspension, Salwinder is lodged in Amritsar Central Jail.

Punjab DGP Suresh Arora had recommended premature retirement for Salwinder, citing a list of incidents of misconduct, indiscipline, and criminal cases against him.

Last January, Salwinder had claimed that his SUV was waylaid by the terrorists on the new year’s eve of 2016, when he was travelling in the vehicle along with his cook and a friend. He claimed that he and his cook were thrown out of the car by the terrorists who reached near the airbase with his friend as a hostage.

According to police, the terrorists slit the friend Rajesh Verma’s throat and headed for the airbase to carry out the attack on the intervening night of January 1. Verma survived the attack.

Salwinder was named an accused in a sexual harassment case in October 2016 after some policewomen filed a complaint against him. A departmental inquiry was ordered before a case was registered.

He was booked in another case related to sexual harassment in August last year. The complainant had accused him of accepting Rs 50,000 for deleting his name from a rape case. Another complaint of sexual harassment was made against him when he served as an ASI in Punjab Police Academy at Phillaur.

Salwinder had recently sought enhancement in salary during his suspension period from 50 to 70 per cent.

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    SUNIL
    Aug 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm
    This Sacking of Salwinder singh Is peanuts, during the terrorism heydays in The punjab supercop julio f ribeiro removed Over 100 Plus anti-social elements from The punjab police rank/File and following on mr KPS Gill went even Higher in Ridding the force of Degenerates.That practise should be brought Back as corruption under The badal/bjp govt has been Rampant within Punjab Police pps cadre and even a few from the ips cadre posts.
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      Sk
      Aug 17, 2017 at 1:58 pm
      The single most factor for corruption bad law and order situation in the country is police. And Punjab police is known as the one who help drug peddler and terrorist for bribe.To change Punjab and country corrupt officer in the police should be immediately shunted out and honest officer should be brought in the forefront to save the state
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        Kamal Pasha
        Aug 17, 2017 at 12:11 pm
        Indecipline security forces of India.. They are all heavy drinkers.
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          aradhana
          Aug 17, 2017 at 10:22 am
          Headline says he is sacked. The article goes on to say he is being retired prematurely. The two things have entirely different repercussions. Stupid, lazy reporting. What about the charges of drug-dealing, spying and ual harassment against him. Merely being relieved of his job is hardly punishment enough.
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            Shafted mohammed
            Aug 17, 2017 at 8:20 am
            Good job captain all terror supporters must also be punished.
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