A police sub-inspector posted in Uttarakhand’s Mussoorie was transferred days after he fined an MLA for allegedly violating COVID-19 tips, fuelling allegations that he was penalised for appearing towards a sitting legislator.
Last Sunday, a video clip surfaced on social media by which Roorkee MLA Pradeep Batra was seen throwing cash at a police sub-inspector who had fined him and strolling away.
The MLA was stopped for not carrying a masks correctly and roaming round along with his household regardless of the lockdown enforced in Mussoorie.
The sub-inspector, Neerak Kathait, was on Thursday transferred to Kalsi, round 40 km from Dehradun, Mussoorie Circle Officer Narendra Pant stated.
The sub-inspector may be heard within the video reprimanding the MLA, whom he apparently didn’t recognise, for violating COVID-19 tips. He can be heard saying that Mr Batra should pay a nice of Rs 500.
Angered by this, the MLA is subsequent seen hurling the cash on the officer.
As the information of the officer’s switch unfold, native individuals rallied behind him in help, saying he was being penalised for doing his responsibility.
The Mussoorie Traders Association (MTA) even submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat, in search of his intervention and stopping the SI’s switch.
“The legislator broke the law. The sub-inspector took action and should be praised for what he did instead of being punished,” MTA president Rajat Aggarwal stated.
Mussoorie unit president of the Congress, Gaurav Agarwalla requested the state authorities to revoke Kathait’s switch and warned of an agitation.
Circle Officer Pant, nonetheless, stated Kathait has already accomplished three years in Mussoorie and his switch was due.
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