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IAS officer, Chandigarh cop engage in verbal spat at Sukhna, lodge cross complaints

A 2012 batch Punjab cadre IAS, Keshav Hingonia, and Chandigarh Police Inspector Sri Parkash lodged cross complaints against each others levelling allegations, counter-allegations of misbehaviour, using abusive language, not wearing masks, and spitting at a public place at Sukhna Lake, on Monday.

The incident happened Sunday afternoon. IAS Keshav Hingonia, Additional Secretary, Home Affairs, Punjab, also filed a separate complaint at Punjab governor house on Monday.

Inspector Sri Parkash accused the IAS officer for walking at Sukhna Lake without wearing a mask and spitting publicly . IAS Hingonia accused Inspector Sri Parkash for using abusive language, misbehaving and trying to assault him.

Sources said Inspector Sri Parkash was at the lake for a walk, in civilian clothing , and IAS Keshav Hingonia was also present there. Sources said both of the persons weren’t conscious of each others background. They added that Sri Parkash spotted Keshav Hingonia spitting and raised strong objection, also accusing the IAS officer of not wearing the mask.

The official asked the policeman to speak with him during a decent manner, which triggered a verbal altercation.

Public gathered at the spot. Sources said both of them visited Police Post Sukhna Lake.

They added that IAS officer told cops that he wouldn’t proceed together with his complaint, if Sri Parkash apologised. However, Sri Parkash blatantly rejected the offer. Both lodged complaints against one another at the world 3 police headquarters .

“Both of them lodged complaints against one another . Apparently, no cognizable offence were made out. we’ve lodged DDRs on both the complaints. we’ll see the matter. No physical assault happened ,” said SSP (UT) Kuldeep Singh Chahal.

IAS Keshav Hingonia didn’t answer repeated calls, and Inspector Sri Parkash was also not available for his comments.

Inspector Sri Parkash is attached with recently constituted Police Reform Commission. Not wearing a mask in Chandigarh is an offence, which invites a challan of Rs 500.

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