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Gurdaspur cop ‘wrongly’ awarded, probe underway

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Tribune News Service
Gurdaspur, October 21

The district police chief, Rajinder Singh Sohal, has initiated a probe into an alleged goof-up due to which a constable was awarded the 'DGP Honour for Exemplary Sewa to Society' wrongly.

The incident has left many red-faced in the department, however, the blame game continues among cops.

On April 15, Sohal's predecessor Swarandeep Singh had recommended the name of Constable Hardeep Singh, whose belt number is 47/GSP, for the award in view of CID reports which spoke highly of the latter's work during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

On October 5, when DGP Dinkar Gupta announced the final list of 50 candidates, a constable named Hardeep with a belt number 858/GSP, was listed at the 42nd spot. Astounded, Hardeep Singh, who served with a distinction in Congo in 2008 with the United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping Force, approached the SSP and apprised him of the series of events. After verifying facts, the SSP wrote a letter to the DGP requesting him that Hardeep with belt number 47 should be considered for the award.

"I am holding a probe to ascertain the truth. How can a non-deserving candidate replace a deserving one? I know of Hardeep's tales of valour and was stunned to discover that his name was not in the list. The Army had awarded him with the 'Sena Medal' for individual acts of exceptional devotion to duty," said the SSP.

from The Tribune

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