Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has ordered immediate suspension of five police personnel, including the SHO and ASI of Mohali Phase 1 police station, after conducting a surprise check during which all but one staff member were found absent from duty. He also put Mohali SSP Inder Mohan Singh on notice.
Disclosing this here, the Deputy CM’s media advisor Jangveer Singh said that Sukhbir, who took a round of Mohali alone in a private car, decided to check the police station when he did not find any police personnel on duty at the traffic lights as well as the prominent roundabouts.
When Sukhbir arrived at the police station in Sector 57 around 9.45 pm, he found only one police personnel, the ‘munshi’ (clerk). He immediately called Mohali SSP I M S Bhatti and DIG R K Jaiswal to the spot to take a report on the running of police stations in the city.
Jangveer said that Sukhbir had made it clear to the district administration that he would not tolerate any laxity in provision of services to the common man. “SSP Bhatti has been put on notice and has been asked to inquire and submit why the police station was not manned as per the strength available,” he said.
Those suspended include SHO Pawan Kumar and an ASI of the police station.
Sukhbir also sat at the police station and held a meeting with senior police officers. “He gave a clear signal to the officers that they must be seen to perform for the welfare of the people or be ready to perish,” said the media advisor.
The Deputy CM said that he would take feedback from the people about police and civil functioning to tone up the administration and ensure it rises to the aspirations of the common man. “Anyone found wanting will have to make way immediately,” he added.