An IAS officer from Chhattisgarh was caught on camera slapping a man who was trying to go to a medical store to buy medicines during the lockdown in the city.
The man had a piece of paper in his hand and was trying to explain to the officer why he was out during lockdown hours but the officer wasn't convinced.
Allegedly, the IAS officer also threw the man's phone on the road and told his colleagues to beat the man up for violating lockdown rules. These were his exact words: 'Maaro isse.'
कलेक्टर साहब को ये अधिकार किसने दिया कि किसी का फोन तोड़ दें और लपड़िया दें। छत्तीसगढ़ में कानून पालन कराने का यही हिसाब है क्या? गजबे है।— Anup Kumar Mishra (@AnupKum40231909) May 23, 2021
After the video went viral on the internet, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel ordered the immediate removal of Surajgarh District Collector for his misconduct.
In a series of tweets, the CM also condemned the act and said such behaviour will not be tolerated.
किसी भी अधिकारी का शासकीय जीवन में इस तरह का आचरण स्वीकार्य नहीं है।— Bhupesh Baghel (@bhupeshbaghel) May 23, 2021
इस घटना से क्षुब्ध हूँ। मैं नवयुवक व उनके परिजनों से खेद व्यक्त करता हूँ।
An FIR was also registered against the collector. Later, he apologised for his actions. He said:
A video is viral on social media in which I am shown slapping a man who was out during lockdown. I sincerely apologise. I never had any intention to disrespect or belittle the person in the video.
Here's how people on social media are reacting to this story:
What is wrong with these IAS ??— Prasenjit Sarkar (@sarkarlove3) May 24, 2021
The worst part is the moment collector orders to beat a person, immediately they start beating, even those police has to be removed from service— Prakash (@cashprak) May 24, 2021
Egoistic government employee— Abhiteshwar singh (@abhiteshwar) May 24, 2021
He should be dismissed from service and not transferred to other department.— SKD (@SunilKumarDes10) May 24, 2021
Ranbir Sharma has now been transferred to the Mantralaya (secretariat) in Nava Raipur. He has been replaced by the CEO of Raipur Zila Panchayat, Gaurav Kumar Singh.