ASI suspended for touching Punjab minister’s feet

An Assistant Sub-Inspector posted at Fatehgarh Churian police station near here was suspended for “misconduct” after he touched the feet of Punjab Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa at his Qadian residence, the police said on Tuesday.

ASI Palwinder Singh, who was in police uniform, entered the Minister’s residence on Monday and touched his feet seeking some favour from him, they said.

Mr. Bajwa was furious over the incident and immediately called up IG-Border S.P.S. Parmar, asking him to suspend the ASI.

ASI Palwinder received the suspension order on his mobile phone and was sent to the Police Lines with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, SSP Opinderjit Singh Grumman, confirming Palwinder’s suspension, said such incidents bring disrepute to the police force. It was misconduct on the part of the ASI, he said.

Mr. Bajwa said he has messages posted outside his residences not to touch his feet.

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