Two days after six police officials, including the Station House Officer (SHO) of Chandimandir police station, raided a quack’s clinic in Bir Ghagar area in a drunken state and were subsequently suspended, police have decided to act tough on dereliction of duty by officials during duty hours.
The police have even decided to act against the supervisory officers of Assistant Commissioner of police rank (ACP), under whom the concerned police station falls for dereliction of duty.
Police, on Saturday, held a meeting in Panchkula where senior officials made it clear that such dereliction of duty will not be tolerated henceforth.
The incident of the police officials going out to raid in a drunken state happened within a week of cops found not doing the night patrolling at Mansa Devi police station, despite orders by the top police brass.
Morever, there have been earlier lapses in investigation of some cases and even delays in probing arrests. The SHO Chandimandir, Jai Prakash, who has been suspended, was earlier found to have acted late to recover a girl who was allegedly kidnapped from Bir Ghagar area on September 7.
Commissioner of Police, Panchkula-Ambala range, Rajbir Deswal, said that in order to avoid a repeat, it had been decided the ACP level officer will be accountable and answerable for such incidents.
He said that he has made it clear in the meeting of the officials on Saturday that the supervisory officer can’t escape responsibility in such cases.
On Friday night, a commotion was raised by residents of Bir Ghagar as they objected to police officials carrying out searches at a quack’s clinic in a drunken state.
While the SHO of Chandimandir police station was medically examined and found drunk, five other police officials fled from the spot.
Deswal said that the fact that some of the police officials fled from the spot does not mean that they were not drunk. He said the police would act tough against them and they could also be dismissed from service.
According to officials it was on the report of an ACP- level officer that action was initiated in the matter.
Now, a departmental inquiry has been ordered, which is being carried out by Krishan Hooda, ACP Headquarter.