An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) posted at Fatehgarh Churian police station near here was suspended for "misconduct" after he touched the feet of Punjab minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa at his Qadian residence, police said today. ASI Palwinder Singh, who was in police uniform, entered the minister's residence yesterday and touched his feet seeking some favour from him, they said. Bajwa was furious over the incident and immediately called up IG Border S P S Parmar, asking him to suspend the ASI.
Palwinder received the suspension order on his mobile phone and was sent to police lines with immediate effect. Meanwhile, SSP Opinderjit Singh Grumman, confirming Palwinder's suspension, said such incidents bring disrepute to the police force. It was misconduct on the part of the ASI, he said. Bajwa said that despite messages being displayed outside his residences both in Qadian and Chandigarh not to touch his feet, the ASI went ahead with it.