Drunk ASI ‘sexually harasses’ 20-yr-old woman in bus, held

A Mohali police Assistant Sub-Inspector on Monday allegedly sexually harassed a 20-year-old woman while travelling in a Jalandhar-bound bus under the influence of alcohol. The action cost him dear as he was soon arrested by the Rupnagar police after the victim, a social activist, called up her family who in turn alerted senior police officers.

ASI Baljinder Singh, 42, who is currently posted at Mataur Police Station and belongs to Jalandhar, was apprehended by the Rupnagar police around 5.30 pm. He also allegedly skipped his duty hours and "disappeared" after his duty at the Mohali court around 1 pm, following which he was marked absent, according to the Mohali police.

The Rupnagar police said that Baljinder boarded a Jalandhar-bound bus from Mohali in the evening. Thereafter, in an inebriated condition, he sat next to a woman and allegedly made advances to her and harassed her sexually by leaning on her and placing his hands on her shoulder despite her protest. The girl, a resident of Jalandhar, complained to the conductor and the driver, who tried to intervene. However, Baljinder threatened them with dire consequences, boasting about his position as a police official.

The victim then called up her family members who in turn informed senior police officers in Jalandhar. As the matter was reported to the Rupnagar police by the Jalandhar police, they apprehended Baljinder when the bus arrived at Rupnagar. A medical examination of the accused confirmed that he was under the influence of alcohol.

"Baljinder had gone to the court to produce an accused, Nishant Sharma, in the court of Judicial Magistrate (1st Class) Aashish Saldi around 1 pm. Thereafter, he disappeared and we marked him absent. Then we heard that he had been arrested at Rupnagar. Let him face the music now for whatever he has done," said Mataur SHO N P S Lehal.

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