March 30, 2009 1:50:44 am
In yet another embarrassment for the UT police force,an officer was found allegedly creating a ruckus in an inebriated state at a police housing society late Saturday night.
The police officer,a sub-inspector and in charge of a police post in the Southern Division,allegedly tried to forcibly enter the residence of a retired inspector around 11 pm. The retired official was out of station along with his wife at the time of the incident,and their daughter was alone at home.
Eyewitnesses said the inebriated officer kept knocking at the door and called for the girl to open it. Sources said the officer even threatened the security guards in the society when they tried to take stock of the situation. He was finally forced out of the complex by neighbours and security guards.
The police are yet to take action in this regard. Their reason a written complaint has not been received on the matter.
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The girl who bore the brunt of the officers excesses has also reportedly gone to her native village after the incident.
UT Senior Superintendent of Police S S Srivastava said: We have not received a written complaint in this regard and are still verifying the facts,after which we will take action accordingly. Stringent action is always taken for incidents like these to ensure that it acts as a deterrent for the force.
This is not,however,not a lone case. In the past,scores of police personnel have been found misbehaving in an inebriated state,either on or off duty.
Assistant Sub-Inspector Om Prakash of the Chandigarh police was held in April 2007 for breaching privacy and making obscene gestures in public. He was penalised by the department.
In May 2005,a UT constable Raj Kumar was arrested after he was found to be under the influence of alcohol while on duty. In January 2006,another constable Subhash Chander was arrested for eve-teasing and later suspended.
Sub-inspector Satpal Sharma was arrested in July 2007 for attempting to rape a Malloya-based woman in an inebriated state. Though the victim approached the Chandigarh Senior Superintendent of Police with her complaint,a case was registered after a long delay.
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