The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, April 16
ASI Harjeet Singh, who had lost his hand while bravely fighting off an attack while enforcing curfew at the Patiala Sabzi Mandi, has been promoted to the rank of Sub Inspector in recognition of his exemplary courage, while three other police personnel involved in the incident have been awarded the Director General’s Commendation Disc.
The decision was taken by Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta after consulting Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday.
Inspector Bikkar Singh, SHO of Patiala Sadar Police Station, ASI Raghbir Singh and ASI Raj Singh, are the three police officials awarded for display of exemplary courage and devotion to duty during the enforcement of curfew, access control and social distancing measures at Sabzi Mandi, Patiala around 5:30 am on April 12.
The DGP said the promotion/awards were in recognition of the display of outstanding devotion to duty, patience in the face of provocation, courage and presence of mind of all these men, and to motivate other police officers to continue performing their duties without any fear.
Besides promoting ASI Harjeet Singh to the local rank of Sub-Inspector, his name has also been approved for inclusion in List D-II, which is a fast track route for promotion to the substantive rank of ASI (the substantive rank of Harjeet Singh is Head Constable), as laid down in the Punjab Police Rules for recognition of Police Officials of exceptional merit, said Gupta.