UP cop suspended after altercation over unpaid sweets in Kanpur shop

The accused has been suspended and attached to the police line pending inquiry

KANPUR | Updated: 19 June, 2023 1:28 pm IST
Shop owner claimed that the sub-inspector was intoxicated.

KANPUR: In a shocking incident, a police sub-inspector was caught on camera threatening and intimidating a shop owner for demanding ₹110 for sweets he sold to the official in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.

A scuffle broke out between sub-inspector Surinder Kumar and the shop owner after the former allegedly refused to pay for a packet of sweets and instead allegedly demanded protection money.

The video is said to be captured at a sweet shop on Panki Road in Kalyanpur area of the city.

As the disagreement escalated, the shop owner claimed that the sub-inspector was intoxicated and appealed for someone to restrain him and inform his superiors. Concerned onlookers suggested that a medical examination should be conducted on the officer.

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During the commotion, the sub-inspector received a phone call from a superior officer, where he was overheard saying, “Sir, I have come to a shop. Yahan ye bak**odi kar raha hai (and this man is talking nonsense).”

Meanwhile, the police official has been suspended and attached to the police line pending an inquiry.

In a statement, the Kanpur Commissionerate Police said, “Under the jurisdiction of Kalyanpur Police Station, sub-inspector Surinder Kumar, who is seen in a viral video, is being suspended by the deputy commissioner of police (DCP), West and is being attached to the police line.”

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“The entire incident is being investigated by the assistant commissioner of police (ACP), Panaki to determine the facts and ensure appropriate disciplinary action is taken,” it further said.

The video capturing the quarrel swiftly went viral on social media platforms, triggering public outrage and raising concerns about the behavior of law enforcement officers. Many social media users blamed the official for defaming the Uttar Pradesh Police by his actions and called on chief minister Yogi Adityanath to take strict action to set a precedent.

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