Following a massive social media outrage, a policeman who was recorded beating a man, an amputee, in full view of the public and his pregnant wife, has been sacked in India’s Uttar Pradesh state.
The victim, who makes a living by ferrying passengers on an electric-powered rickshaw, reportedly saidthat the constable abused and assaulted him for picking up passengers by the side of a road, according to news reports.
In the video, making rounds on social media, the police constable is seen slapping a disabled man at the back of the head and pushing him to the ground at a police station in Kannauj.
Kannauj district’s Superintendent of police, Amarendra Pratap Singh, said the constable has been removed from duty and an inquiry has been ordered over the incident.
He further added that police officers are trained to control themselves and not misbehave with the public even if there is a provocation.
Later in the night, the Kannauj Police’s Twitter handle had announced the suspension on the constable.
“Strict action was taken by the accused following the report of Inspector Saurikh, in charge of the police station where the unfortunate incident to the person with a disability took place. The accused of abusing a person with disabilities was suspended with immediate effect and an inquiry has been ordered against him,” the Kannauj police tweeted.