Video: Allegedly drunk Shimla Police officer halts 108 ambulances carrying patients, bullies staff asking for permit
In a shocking incident, a drunk police official halted two ambulances for carrying patients on Shimla Mall, asked to show permits.
SHIMLA- A few weeks ago, DSP Traffic Police Shimla, Amit Thakur, made news after he mercilessly trashed a taxi driver for wrong parking near Old ISBT. As per eyewitnesses including shopkeepers and dhaba owners, he was drunk. He was transferred soon after an inquiry was ordered into the matter.
In a shockingly unethical act, on Thursday night, June 7, an (allegedly) drunk Shimla Police official pulled over two 108 ambulances carrying patients on the Shimla Mall and bullied the staff. The police official stopped two ambulances, one carrying a patient to PGI, Chandigarh and other to IGMC. The officer had become insane enough to not show any concern to the patients inside ambulances.
The official bullied the staff and reportedly asked for permit for ambulance. When public watched this drama created by police official, they gathered and asked why ambulances carrying patients are halted. The official allegedly abused and misbehaved with those who objected.
The angry mob recorded the incident on mobile camera and took the drunken official to the reporting room to file a complaint, but the police reportedly gave him VIP treatment and didn’t file a complaint initially. It was only after the mob grew aggressive that a complaint was filed and the official was sent for medical (as per police).
It is not the first time and during the tenure of SP DW Negi “drunk-on-duty culture” in police has become popular than ever.
About a year ago, Himachal Watcher had approached the SP regarding a similar complaint in which a policeman was found heavily drunk on duty, barely able to stand on his feet. The SP had confidently defended the policeman, rudely saying there is nothing wrong in drinking for policemen, and that he showed full support toward this drunk-on-duty culture. As a result of such inappropriate attitude from an IPS rank official, HP Police department has faced many embarrassments due to anti-social behavior of police staff.
Increasing number of such cases also hint that #mentalhealth of police staff is at stake. An uncanny act such as being drunk while in police uniform and stop ambulances carrying patients and ask for permit and then bully the staff and public is less likely to be a creation of a healthy mind. Police duty is one of the toughest jobs, witnessing violence, dealing with criminals, anti-socials, watching blood stained accident scenes and dead bodies, and injured crying for help. There is no way such work-environment cast negative impact on the mental health of policemen. On the top of that, the way policemen are treated by politicians and bureaucrats lead to stress and frustration.