Haryana suspends IGP for assaulting a physically-challenged shopkeeper

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Haryana suspends IGP for assaulting a physically-challenged shopkeeper

Saturday, 14 May 2022 | PNS | Chandigarh

Haryana Government on Friday suspended the services of Hemant Kalson, Inspector General of Police (IGP)/CTI serving in Home Guard, who was arrested on Thursday night for allegedly assaulting a physically challenged shopkeeper after forcefully entering his shop in an inebriated condition in Pinjore, Panchkula.

 

Kalson was produced before a local magistrate on Friday and sent to judicial custody in Ambala Central Jail.

 

The Government official spokesperson said that the Government on Friday suspended the services of Kalson with immediate effect on account of 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 the service.

 

During the suspension period, his headquarter will be in the office of DGP, Haryana, Panchkula, and he will not leave the station without prior permission of the competent authority.

 

Moreover, Panchkula Police arrested IGP Kalson for allegedly assaulting a physically-challenged shopkeeper in Pinjore. Kalson was sent to Jail after being produced in court.

 

The incident took place a day after Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had approved Kalson’s compulsory retirement after he allegedly misbehaved and threatened a staff nurse at Panchkula Civil Hospital on May 7.

 

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

 

“We have arrested Hemant Kalson for forcefully entering the shop of Talwinder Singh. Singh was beaten by Kalson, who was drunk at the time. 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. We have not found any evidence against them,” 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 demanding Kalson’s arrest. Kalson also resides in Pinjore.

 

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

 

Khattar 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 separate FIRs. The matter will now go to the Central Government for a final decision on the officer’s retirement.

 

Earlier, Kalson was recalled from the poll duty after he allegedly fired aerial shots from the firearm of a security guard in Tamil Nadu in 2019. He was placed under suspension.

 

In August 2019, he was arrested by Panchkula police on the charges of outraging the modesty of a woman and misconduct in public in a state of intoxication. A few weeks ago, Kalson had created a ruckus and misbehaved with a nurse and other staff allegedly in an inebriated condition at the General Hospital, Panchkula.

 

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