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IGP Hemant Kalson again, now attacks shopkeeper at Pinjore, arrested

The controversial IPS officer's arrest came two days after Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar, had approved Kalson’s compulsory retirement after he allegedly misbehaved with a staff nurse of Panchkula Civil Hospital on May 7.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
Updated: May 14, 2022 3:35:25 am
Serving Inspector General of Police (IGP) in Haryana. (Twitter/@HemantKalson)

Controversial Haryana Inspector General of Police (IGP), Hemant Kalson, was suspended by the state government and placed under arrest by Panchkula police in two separate cases, involving abuse, harassment and assault.

Kalson was arrested by the Panchkula police late on Thursday night for allegedly assaulting a physically challenged shopkeeper after forcefully entering his shop in an inebriated condition in Pinjore, Panchkula. He was produced before a local magistrate on Friday after his arrest that sent him to judicial custody in Ambala Central Jail.

The controversial IPS officer’s arrest came two days after Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar, had approved Kalson’s compulsory retirement after he allegedly misbehaved with a staff nurse of Panchkula Civil Hospital on May 7.

Khattar had approved Kalson’s retirement after a review committee, headed by Haryana Chief Secretary Sanjeev Kaushal, had recommended it a few days before the Panchkula incident as Kalson was named in at least two other FIRs. The matter will now go to the Central Government for final approval.

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Later on Friday, the Haryana government issued a notification suspending IPS, Hemant Kalson, for abusing the Panchkula staff nurse.

The suspension orders were issued by Haryana Additional Chief Secretary, Rajeev Arora. The order reads that IPS Hemant Kalson was being placed under suspension with immediate effect for misusing his official power and also tarnishing the image of the department, displaying grave misconduct and conducting himself in a manner unbecoming of a member of services in a case registered at Sector 7 police station, Panchkula. Panchkula police had booked Hemant Kalson under many charges — including molestation, criminal intimidation, and under Section 3 of the Haryana Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institution Act, 2009.

Kalson, who held the charge of IG (Home Guards), allegedly had also misbehaved with police personnel when he was brought to Pinjore police station on Thursday night, and a separate FIR was registered against him on the complaint of Constable Ajay Sethi.

“We have arrested Hemant Kalson for forcefully entering the shop of one Talwinder Singh. Singh was also allegedly beaten up by Kalson, who was drunk at the time of the incident. His medical examination confirmed the presence of alcohol in his body. When he entered the shop, he was accompanied by a woman and a driver. Though Talwinder Singh alleged that the woman was also drunk , we have not found any evidence of the same,” a Pinjore police station officer said.

Singh is a resident of Rathpur Colony in Pinjore. After the incident, local shopkeepers gathered outside the local police station to demand Kalson’s arrest. Sources said that Talwinder had called up former municipal councillor, Satinder Singh Tony, who owns the shop, immediately after the incident. Subsequently, Satinder called up the local police station, leading to Kalson’s arrest.

In his complaint to police, Talwinder Singh reported that Kalson had reached the police station before them. He further reported that Kalson was in the habit of lodging false FIRs against people accusing them of making casteist remarks against him.

At Pinjore police station, Kalson misbehaved with the on-duty constable Ajay Sethi, abused him and tried to tear his uniform, police said.

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