Following the furore over an incident the place the West Bengal Police have been seen manhandling a Sikh man, disrespecting his turban and pulling him by his hair, the state police on Friday issued a clarification saying the turban of the Sikh man fell off mechanically in scuffle with none try to take action by our officer including they respect all religions.
The West Bengal police stated, “Person was carrying firearms. Turban fell off automatically in a scuffle without any attempt to do so by our officer. We respect all religions. Officer specifically asked him to put his Pagri back before the arrest.” The incident had taken place throughout BJP’s NabannoCholo rally.
“The concerned person was carrying firearms in yesterday’s protest. The Pagri had fallen off automatically in the scuffle that ensued, without any attempt to do so by our officer (visible in the video attached). It is never our intention to hurt the sentiments of any community,” Police stated.
The involved individual was carrying firearms in yesterday’s protest. The Pagri had fallen off mechanically within the scuffle that ensued,with none try to take action by our officer (seen within the video hooked up). It isn’t our intention to harm the feelings of any neighborhood(1/2) pic.twitter.com/aE8UgN36W5
— West Bengal Police (@WBPolice) October 9, 2020
It additionally added, “West Bengal Police respects all religions. The officer specifically asked him to put his Pagri back before the arrest. The attached photo has been clicked right before he was escorted to the Police Station. We remain committed to our duty to uphold law and order in the state.”
Person was carrying firearms. Turban fell off mechanically in scuffle with none try to take action by our officer. We respect all religions. Officer particularly requested him to place his Pagri again earlier than arrest: West Bengal Police on video of Sikh man at BJP’s #NabannoCholo rally pic.twitter.com/w0B3r5U5Ip
— ANI (@ANI) October 9, 2020
The controversial video went viral on social media after the individual, recognized as Balvinder Singh, the private safety guard of BJP chief Priyangu Pandey, was held by the police throughout BJP’s protest march to the state secretariat Nabanna on Thursday. The police, nevertheless, claimed that Balvinder Singh was illegally carrying a weapon throughout the protest.
BJP state unit President Dilip Ghosh had stated on Thursday that it was a licensed weapon and the individual had all legitimate paperwork for carrying the firearm.
“The police should release him as he is a security person and was carrying a licensed weapon,” Ghosh had stated throughout a press convention on Thursday.
(With inputs IANS)